Last night was an energy filled performance at MTelus (Metropolis), as Glass Animals rocked the house with some amazing music and hip shaking moves. This is the bands first full fledged show in Montreal, and the crowd has clearly been preparing for it for a long time. Opening for Glass Animals, was the German-Jamaican, talented R&B tribal musician, Amber Mark. Her set had some great upbeat/dance inspiring songs that helped warm up the crowd for the main act.
The British band from Oxford is known for their catchy songs with unique rhythms, synths, and sounds. Even though this was their first official show in Montreal, Glass Animals has played several times at Osheaga Music and Arts Festival. This year they were quite literally drowned out by rain as the storm damaged their equipment and reduced their festival set to two songs, leaving us wanting much more. Last night we finally got to experience their full set in the great acoustic and weather controlled conditions of MTelus (Metropolis)
The stage looked great and went with the bands current tropical aesthetic. They had a large pineapple disco ball hanging in all its glory, accompanied by palm trees, large cubes that formed a “G” and “A”, and a large old-school TV. The light show, production, and decoration fit the set perfectly and helped create an exciting party ambience.
The show started with “Life Itself”, sending exciting shivers down our spines. The band treated us to some of the more popular songs from their “Zaba” album like “Gooey”, “Hazey’ and “Black Mambo”, but mainly kept their set focused on tracks from their second album, “How To Be A Human Being”. This didn’t seem to disappoint the crowd as the show became an hour and a half of sing-alongs. The star of the evening, lead singer Dave Bayley, showed off his arsenal of surprisingly legit dance moves, making us all feel like inferior dancers. He did not stop moving for the entirety of the show, and honestly, we didn’t want him to. He jumped on the TV and danced as he sang one of my favorites songs, “Season 2 Episode 3”, a track from their most recent album, filled with vintage video game sounds and effects.
During the bands most famous song, “Gooey”, Dave Bayley jumped off stage and leaned over the barrier and sang with the crowd (a move we’ve seen before during his Osheaga sets). Wins the front row crowd over every time. He finished the set with the slower paced, bittersweet and catchy song “Agnes”.
After some ear crushing extended cheering, the band came back in for a two song encore including a surprising cover of Gnarles Barkely’s “Crazy”, which sent the crowd into a singing frenzy. Glass Animals finished the set with an expected grand slam: “Pork Soda”. The song, which is the source of all the pineapple references, started with rhythmic clapping from the band and audience as lead singer clapped on a real pineapple, which he promptly tossed to the audience. Hopefully no humans were wounded with the flying pineapple. Towards the end of the show, frontman Dave Bayley, watched in awe as the crowd screamed with all their might, and declared that he couldn’t believe this was their first show in Montreal and that this “has got to be the loudest crowd [they] ever had”.
The show went on like a well-oiled, energetic machine, with a band that gave the performance all they had, churning out hit after hit. Resulting in one of the loudest crowds I’ve ever heard. The band loved every minute of it, and there’s nothing better than seeing a band appreciating every second of their audience. It was a mutual appreciation society indeed. The heart of this successful show is no other than Dave Bayley. His performance and iconic dance moves stole the show and made the evening enjoyable and unforgettable.
Glass Animals Set List:
Opening track: [Premade Sandwiches]
1- Life Itself
2- Black Mambo
4- Poplar St.
5- The Other Side of Paradise
6- Season 2 Episode 3
8- Take a Slice
9- Mama’s Gun
10- Cane Shuga
14- Crazy (Gnarles Barkley Cover)
15- Pork Soda