Glass Animals @ Humphrey’s By The Bay – 09/19/2017 -

Glass Animals @ Humphrey’s By The Bay – 09/19/2017


Glass Animals @ Humphrey’s By The Bay – 09/19/2017Although their latest album was released over 12 months ago, English indie rock band Glass Animals continue to tour relentlessly in support of How To Be A Human Being. Thursday September 19th the band made a triumphant return to San Diego, playing a gig at Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay on Shelter Island.

Only their second stop on their 22 show fall tour, this show sold out instantly as the buzz surrounding this upstart act continues to grow. With numerous Coachella and major festival appearances over the past few years, it is quite apparent that the band continues to pick up countless new fans due to their nonstop touring. This show had a special feel to it as the venue is a star itself. With its tropical setting and bayside location it is a summer tradition in San Diego. With a capacity of only 1,400 for general admission shows, it is hard to find a more comfortable place to catch a show under the stars.

The band spent time on social media just days before the kickoff of this tour touting their new stage set-up. Included in this renovation was improved lighting and a new stage set with large palm trees, large LED letters (G and an A) and a giant revolving mirrored pineapple. This was a definite improvement over previous tours, an old fashion television (complete with rabbit ears) was a holdover but definitely added to the whimsical feel created by the band.

Amber Mark @ Humphrey’s By The Bay – 09/19/2017Opening with “Life Itself” (the lead single off their latest release) lead singer Dave Bayley instantly showed off his charismatic personality that surely makes him the life of every party. Although the rest of the band remained largely stoic throughout the 75 minute set, Bayley surely made up for their lack of activity as he bopped around the stage throughout the performance. Although some would his mannerisms quirky, he has made these patented moves all his own over the years.

With only two albums worth of material, a majority of their set consisted of tracks off of How To Be A Human Being. “Season 2 Episode 3” and “The Other Side Of Paradise” were mid-set crowd favorites but a true highlight came with “Cane Shuga”, a synth-heavy tune that incorporates a thumping hypnotic sound. On “Youth”, another top track off their latest release, their giant revolving pineapple was again activated and was instantly turned into a disco ball that filled the small venue with bright light.

Main set closer and current single “Agnes” found Bayley atop drummer Joe Seward’s kit. Although the show breezed by in a little over an hour, the crowd seemed fulfilled with the offerings—supplying the band with loud ovations over the final few songs.

After a brief stage exit the band returned for their 2 song encore, mixing in a cover of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”. Their take on the CeeLo Green & Danger Mouse mega hit resonated with the crowd and was a welcome lead in to the finale “Pork Soda”. The campy song highlights the band’s fascination with pineapples and     was mixed with an LED explosion, a perfect closure to the evening.

Singer/songwriter Amber Mark provided opening support, sharing her tropically lush sounds with the early arriving crowd. The newcomer is busy celebrating her first tour ever…the show was highlighted by a performance of “Heatwave”, a new single she recently released last month.

Meanwhile, the boys from Oxford will no doubt be back soon to SoCal, in the meantime they will spend October on the road with gigs in the US, Canada and Mexico. An October 5th show at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall highlights the remaining shows.

Glass Animals Setlist: Life Itself | Black Mambo | Hazey | Poplar St. | The Other Side Of Paradise | Season 2 Episode 3 | Toes | Take A Slice | Mama’s Gun | Cane Shuga | Youth | Gooey | Agnes   Encore:  Crazy | Pork Soda

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