English rock band Glass Animals performed at the Shire Auditorium Thursday night in support of their sophomore album ‘How To Be A Human Being.’ Fans erupted as the ‘Premade Sandwiches’ intro kicked off the set list, leading into ‘Life Itself’. ’The four-piece group fronted by lead singer and guitarist Dave Bayley appeared through the fog, quickly earning a generous ovation from the crowd. On stage, massive palm trees and a suspended pineapple provided the setting alongside a vintage television screen. Accompanying the oversized props were the band’s initials with Tetris font and multi-colored lights. Dipping early into their first album, ‘Black Mambo’ continued the night followed by their hit single ‘Hazey.’
As the night continued, each song featured its own unique neon lighting. Bayley’s energetic and charismatic performance caused him to venture across the stage feeding off the crowd’s energy as he stood tall, climbing on top of props passionately singing away. ‘The Other Side Of Paradise’ provided an adequate setting for the band to express their musical creativity individually as they began to explore the spotlights with confidence and approach the audience near the pit. ‘Season 2 Episode 3’ featured introductions by Bayley as he communicated with the crowd, providing back-stories to their catalog.
Glass Animals’ musical portrayal of creative characters in each song was executed seamlessly. The bizarre lyrical content of sci-fi obsessions and aliens with foreign machinery resulted in a joyous and outrageous event. ‘Gooey’ arguably received the loudest reaction from fans followed by one of Bayley’s personal favorites ‘Agnes.’ Fans continued their participation with a cover of Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy’ as everyone sang the famous chorus. The concert concluded with ‘Pork Soda’ as the band humbly thanked everyone for attending. Glass Animals’ North American tour continues through mid-October concluding at Austin City Limits Music Festival.
Premade Sandwiches Intro
The Other Side Of Paradise
Season 2 Episode 3
Take A Slice
Crazy (Gnarls Barkley Cover)