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Glass Animals turned The Fillmore into a psychedelic paradise on their How To Be A Human Being tour
From atmospheric electro-blues to charming ambient bongo riffs, psychedelic indie-pop band Glass Animals kept it familiar and unique at The Fillmore this past Monday, September 26th. Currently on their How To Be A Human Being tour, which is also the name of their new album released one month ago, the Oxford-based foursome embraced the ‘hit shuffle’ format, displaying the best of both albums to newcomers as well as fans of their critically-acclaimed first release, Zaba.
After starting the set with their 36-second a cappella bit “[Premade Sandwiches],” frontman Dave Bayley went right into lead-single “Life Itself,” which is also the opening track of their new album. Drummer Joe Seaward took full advantage of the bongo set and the array of coconuts on stage during “Black Mambo” and “Youth.” To compliment those spacey sonic grooves, the stage displayed trippy visuals of rotating color palettes, cactuses, and large Tetris piece-like beams framing the stage, offering fans what it must feel like to watch the 1997 Daft Punk music video “Around The World” while wearing 3D glasses.
After finishing their set with a few highlights from their new album, “Cane Shuga” and “Pork Soda,” the band came back for a fitting encore that nobody expected. They concluded with their own rendition of “Iko Iko,” a Mardi Gras jingle by The Dixie Cups released in 1965, which was the perfect segue into their percussion driven tropical tune, “Pools.” After the success of their first album and two years of touring, Glass Animals continue to weave through genres, with properties of experimental rock and a mix of original and electronic soundscapes that resonates on stage exactly as it does on record.