Live Review 16/03/17: Glass Animals at o2 Academy Brixton

The British alternative band took the roof off Brixton Academy last night (16th March) with a spectacular show.

Oxford four piece Glass Animals are an unrecognisable force in the music industry at the moment. Falling between the indie rock and art pop parallels, they give a live spectacle like no other and yesterday’s show at the iconic o2 Brixton Academy was no different.

Despite the venue hosting a seven night residency from The xx this week, the pineapples that were sprayed on paths around the venue indicated that Glass Animals were in charge. The sold out show was warmed up nicely with upcoming artist Roosevelt whom along with his band, delivered blissed out and lengthy disco pop, much to the delight of the crowd.

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But the reaction was nothing to when the lights were finally dimmed on the stage in anticipation of the start of Glass Animal’s set. With a spotlight on a sole pineapple sitting upon the stage and a large, impressive pineapple glitter ball above, the band started with the brilliant Life Itself, the opener to their second and critically acclaimed second album How To Be A Human Being? Black Mambo follows, with it’s slow addictive groove trickling through the track and sending the crowd into a traced state. Poplar Street was greeted with rapturous screams from the crowd, and with frontman Dave Bailey’s stunning live presence, the energy of the crowd gets lifted even more until the drop sees them break into frenzied dance. Bailey’s enchanting persona onstage is backed by his lively dancing which was highlighted especially during The Other Side of Paradise. The track’s deep groove carried attitude and swagger and was a thunderous moment in their set.

Season 2 Episode 3, with it’s Super Mario Bros synth line, was one of the best received songs of the night, sparking huge crowd sing-alongs in it’s humorous chorus. The band rattled through Youth with pace but the track still oozed confidence throughout. Huge cheers met the Oxford band when they launched into Gooey, the band’s biggest song from their debut album. It’s seductive layers were boosted live by the connection the crowd and band had as Bailey joined the front row of the crowd.

The encore saw all burst into dance for Pools before the ever delightful Pork Soda closed the set, a track which collates all that is good with Glass Animals, with its humour, groove, catchiness and uniqueness. It was a triumph for the band and was a huge platform for them to build on. It was the band at their best and it now leaves huge anticipation for their third album.

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