Walking into Terminal 5 Wednesday night, I was greeted by a hallway coated in a thick, pink fog, lined with giant leafy plants and vintage TVs and crowned with glittering chandeliers. Upon entering the main venue space, a certain potent aroma filled my nostrils and looking at the stage set-up, I thought that second-hand smell was making me see things. Giant, white, Tetris-like objects hung from the ceiling as cacti framed the stage full of instruments, including a drum set with a design of a watermelon on front; a lone pineapple sat on one of the amps in the back.
The scene was set for what was going to be a very good-weird night and hypnotic performance by Glass Animals for the first of their two sold out shows in New York City last week. The gents, hailing from Oxford, England, emerged from backstage as the ominous robotic voice from their track “[Premade Sandwiches]” bellowed, “People complaining about losing their minds / People complaining about standing in line / People standing in line and they don’t even know why.”
Their set was full of Dave’s amazing dance moves, an incredible light show, non-stop crowd dancing and pineapple shaking. While they played a majority of songs of their phenomenal sophomore album How To Be A Human Being, about half of their set list consisted of songs from their debut album ZABA bringing the nostalgia to their set.
They opened with their first two singles off How To Be A Human Being – “Life Itself” and “Youth,” getting the crowd on their feet and staying that way the whole night through until the end when they ended their set with “Pools.” They came back out for an encore performing their cover of Kanye’s “Love Lockdown” as Dave pushed his way into the crowd– something that seems to be a staple at Glass Animals’ shows – and ended the night by putting pineapples in everyone’s head with “Pork Soda.”
Every gig with Glass Animals is a great time and the crowd always leaves happier and more full of life than when they entered. This show definitely did not disappoint.
Article: Merissa Blitz