By Krista DeJulio – Co-Editor-in-Chief
Going into a Glass Animals concert, I didn’t know what to expect. I had been planning on going to the concert only a week before it happened so I wasn’t familiar with their music at all. I listened to their debut album non-stop the week before the show so I could recognize myself with their songs and sing along during the show.
Leaving the show, I realized it was one of the best concerts I have ever attended. Listening to the music, I would have never guessed how wild and sweaty the concert would have gotten. Don’t get me wrong, I love wild and sweaty concerts, but I simply wasn’t expecting such an experience from a calm and mellow-sounding band.
I’ve been to House of Blues Boston countless times but have never seen such an amusing setup onstage. The band had fake palm trees, and pineapples on the stage, giving a fun and carefree vibe to the show.
Glass Animals, hailing from Oxford, England, has released one full-length al- bum, “Zaba,” and two EPs. The band’s popular hits include “Gooey,” and “Hazey,” both of which were performed. The show opened up with an inspiring performance by solo artist Lorely Rodriguez, or better known as her stage name, Empress Of. Rodriguez, was just as weird and fun as Glass Animals and there could
not have been a more perfect opening act. The band played an impressive 12-song set, and came back for a two-song encore including a cover of Kanye West’s “Love Lockdown.” During the encore, lead singer, Dave Bayley, walked into the crowd where fans swarmed, pushed, shoved, and ran to Bayley to record a vid- eo, take a selfie, or hold hands with the talented singer.
Last week I wasn’t a fan of Glass Animals, but I can confidently say they now have a life-long fan. As a longtime fan of the psychedelic-rock band Tame Impala, I’m not sure why I didn’t start listening to Glass Animals sooner, I’m just glad I did.
Glass Animals music is great to dance to or to simply use as relaxing background music, with similar tones and sounds of Tame Impala. The lyrics are catchy and you’ll find yourself fist-pumping as you sing along (or was that just me?).
I’ll be following Glass Animals a little closer now and I’ll be putting them on the mix CDs I make for the car and my friends. I love to spread good music around and I intend to keep doing just that.