Article by: Michael Homertgen
Photography by: Jeremy Elder
Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO – 9/25/2017
Having released their first album Zaba, in June of 2014, Glass Animals has had a fast and steady rise to fame. The English indie-rock group is known for their psychedelic tones and unique electronic beats. Led by vocalist Dave Bayley, ‘Glass Animals’ has become a headlining name for concerts and music festivals all around the world. The band has a very interesting story.
Originating from Oxfordshire, England, Bayley was a neuroscience major with a passion for music that was put on the back burner. Bayley had been making and posting music throughout his college years, but would remove it from the internet after leaving it posted for a while. After graduating college, Bayley got back into making music; now adding Andrew MacFarlane, Edmund Irwin-Singer, and Joe Seaward. The group was quickly discovered and signed by a famous producer, and would go on to become the rock stars they are today.
They played at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado while on their ‘How to Be Human’ tour. The set was filled with lights, (predominantly orange with some green accents), two towering palm trees, a large old-fashioned television with a powerful light shining out of it, and a massive, hanging pineapple disco ball above center stage. Fans are loving the pineapple theme involved in this tour. The theme has become a craze at music festivals, due to a song they perform called “Pork Soda” with a main chorus that sings, “Pineapples are in my head.” This aesthetic made for a great environment, with extremely cool visuals to vibe out with.
Amber Mark, Glass Animals’ opener has a very smooth sound. Her music has a moderate tempo that accelerates into her songs, with an emphasis on the background beats. Her voice sets a calm tone in the crowd; being smooth and crisp. She did a very good job of getting the audience in good spirit’s, as the Glass Animals’ attitude would follow up as even more upbeat and happy.
The set was very simple – no light play, no dancing. Just Amber standing in front of her band, microphone in hand, on center stage. As she hit different notes, she reached out to the crowd, pulling them in for more. Her emotion was true, and her attitude was positive. Mark seemed genuinely happy to be doing what she was doing-- making it an even more enjoyable performance.
Glass Animals came out with a ton of energy. They filled the air with smiles and waves, they greeted their Denver audience, and rightfully promised the crowd for a fun night. The most unique part about the show was the light play. The lighting would shift, flash, and cut off completely in perfect unison with the punchy beats in their songs. There were at least ten times during the set when I was in awe of the light play.
Dave Bayley would sing at the center microphone, and switch between guitar and tambourine. Bayley moved around the stage, dancing in a spastic, electric fashion while remaining perfectly on beat with the notes played by his bandmates.
Glass Animals knows how to perform, knows how to make people feel happy, and gives everyone an unforgettable experience. Majority of people were going nuts, and the band responded to the crowd’s energy with even more gratitude, smiles, and thanks.
Their songs sounded accurate to their recordings, with little instrumental and vocal distortion (which is common at several concerts). Glass Animals was absolutely on the mark. They even performed a cover of “Crazy”by Gnarls Barkley. The lighting setup and choreography complemented the artists well, making every aspect of the show completely immersive. There was nothing less than perfect about the performance they gave to Denver on Monday night. I can now confidently say, Glass Animals was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.