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Review: Glass Animals at Manchester’s Gorilla

‘Wavey Davey’s On Fire’

Last night, after a lengthy absence, tropical indie band Glass Animals made a grand return to the stage at Manchester’s Gorilla.

After drummer Joe Seaward almost lost his life in a cycling accident, the band went on hiatus until his recovery had progressed to a place at which they could perform again, and after one small show in Oxford in 2019, the band are back on their first tour is almost three years.

Fears of the band’s following forgetting them were unfounded, though in this era of songs being crafted to hook you in within 7 seconds, it’s no wonder artists constantly fear irrelevance.
But the audience was wild from start to finish, clapping for the band and simply celebrating their existence. Front man Dave Bayley seemed overwhelmed by the constant outpouring of love from the crowd, and took a few moments to talk about his nervousness to be back on stage but how good it felt to have a small crowd making so much noise for them, and he took many a moment to call for applause for drummer, Joe.

Glass Animals opened with their latest release, ‘Tokyo Drifting’ featuring Denzel Curry. They continued with a menagerie of hits from their first two albums. ‘Gooey’ saw Dave come through the crowd, record them on a camcorder and stand on the bar as everyone chants ‘peanut butter vibes’ as loud as they can.
The band played two new tracks, both can only be described as the soundtrack to a beachside 8-bit adventure. And the revelation came that new music will be coming this week!
The night finished with raucous applause, a heartfelt thank you from the band to their fans for selling out shows in seconds, even after all this time.
And as always the band closed clapping pineapples along with the audience, to the song that infamously had pineapples banned from Reading 2017, ‘Pork Soda’.
Glass Animals will be playing Village Underground in London tonight before embarking on a tour of intimate gigs across the United States, finishing with two nights at Colorado’s Red Rocks Ampitheatre.
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