The House of Yes is a mystical wonderland of bedazzled bathrooms and fancy cocktails nestled in the heart of Bushwick. On a normal night there you might see a drag queen walking around in glitter or aerialists dangling from the ceiling, but Tuesday night was a bit different – though the aerialists remained.
At the tail end of last week, the Brit indie rock band, Glass Animals, announced they were going to play a surprise show at the Bushwick bar. Murmurs while waiting in line to go inside told me that the show sold out in a matter of a couple hours. That’s no surprise, how often do you get to see your favorite band in a venue where they can see all the faces in the audience?
Frontman Dave Bayley came out swinging, literally. His arms swung through the air as he danced to his bands’ trippy wave-like beats, infecting the crowd as he did so.
This show was the last show on their tour promoting their new album How to be a Human Being coming out August 26th. Most of their set consisted of songs off their first album, ZABA, including crowd favorites “Black Mambo,” “Hazey,” and, of course, “Gooey,” which they ended their set with.
They also incorporated a couple new songs that will be on their new album. One was their latest single, “Youth,” that had just came out in the US that day. It’s a heartfelt song inspired by a story that Dave had heard from a stranger about her son. The lyrics and tone of the song feel cinematic and has a light tenderness to it that overshadows the heaviness. They also debuted a new song “S02E03.” The most memorable like of the song was, “My girl’s eating mayonnaise while she’s getting blazed.” The guy next to me in the audience turned to his friend and goes, “That’s everything I need in a song!” Agreed, sir.
Once the guys left the stage after they spread some peanut butter vibes throughout the room with “Gooey,” the crowd hadn’t had enough and they began chanting ONE MORE SONG!
Of course they came back out, Dave running through the crowd to climb atop the bar, his microphone cord dangling above the crowd, and proceeded to cover Kanye West’s hit “Love Lockdown” in the Glass Animals trancy-pop way. The band ended their set with “Pools.” “I smile because I want to, I smile because you want to,” Dave sings as the whole crowd jumps up and down.
Everyone was left smiling that night and Glass Animals were left speechless with a roaring applause from the crowd.
Full Set List:
Love Lockdown by Kanye West (cover)
Article: Merissa Blitz