Venue: The HiFi, Sydney
Date: 9th January, 2015
Walking into the HiFi to see a stage laden with palm trees and colourful lighting, I knew we were in for a fun night. The venue was packed out with excited music fans and the usual handful of people that are just there for a good time.
Glass Animals have been steadily gaining momentum since they rode in on a magic carpet last year and released their deliciously good album ‘Zaba’. After briefly touring Australia early in 2014, they decided to come back and to a bigger venue this time, and treat fans to a dreamy show.
Starting off the set with Black Mambo, they immediately transported the crowd to serene and magical place where everything was right with the world. They played their way through the entirety of their debut album, with shining moments being Psylla, which was smooth and cool – kind of what I imagine it would be like to be put into a really relaxing trance. Their hit song Gooey also sounded amazing, if not better than the recorded version.
Frontman Dave Bailey’s vocals were lovely and on point, but my favourite part of the evening were his dance moves. He looked like he was having ball up there, all gyrating and swaying, and not taking himself too seriously either. They are the kind of moves one whips out after the third shot of tequila when you no longer have any shame, so basically the BEST kind of moves. The band seemed really happy and genuinely appreciative of the reaction they received which makes me like them even more. I think we’ve all been to at least one show where the band almost seem to be rolling their eyes when they have to play their “popular/mainstream” songs.
Glass Animals have a truly original and exciting sound, If you haven’t had a chance to listen to their album then go and do it, you won’t regret it. Unless of course you don’t enjoy pure glittery magical music that goes straight through your veins and warms your heart. I can’t wait to see what else they have up their collective sleeve.