Review: Glass Animals puts the Louisville Palace at its feet with a winning performance
First off, oops, that was an unintended lyric by Imagine Dragons right from the opening of their hit, “Believer,” which I only know because my son sings it all the time. He also sings “Heat Waves” by Glass Animals lot. When I got the chance to watch the show again, I knew it was also a great opportunity to take the kid to a real concert of a band he really likes, and now that it’s over , Glass Animals and Sad Night Dynamite have of them new fans. It was also nice to have a young assistant working with me.
Sad Night Dynamitean English duo comfortably situated in their connection to the tart trip hop genre, kicked off their set with their song “smoke holea trip-hop infused track that, live, brought more of a raw hip-hop feel with the vocals up front and the music almost secondary. The difference between the studio and the live was striking for me for the Sad Night Dynamite set. I really like the recorded versions of their songs, and some of them didn’t translate on stage. It’s not a dig, beware, it was more of a problem with the live mix and not with the band. Their lyrics and delivery were spot on and fun. The Louisville Palace has notorious sound “pits” that blur the mix and make the listening experience something to be desired, a difficult task for a grand old theater.
The band, however, delivered song after song with great energy and skillful musicianship as they added acoustic guitars, bass, drums and keyboards to their show. If they return to town, let’s hope they’re outdoors where their sound can really travel or in a venue prepared for their unique mixing needs, and hope the crowd is ready to receive them with as much energy as they can. they gave him.
British Friends, glass animals spoke out in support of their Dreamland album with “Life Itself”, and from the beginning to the end of their set, no bottom touched the seats.
For a Glass Animals review, I asked my son for his opinion on one of his favorite new bands. As a 9-year-old new viewer, he had some thoughts on the show.
“It was good, a little loud,” he said. “Too many people screaming.” When asked what he thinks it means when lots of people are shouting, he responds quickly.
“They like it,” he said. “They liked the music and the visual arts of performing.”
Ok, so kid, what did you like?
“The same things they did.”
He’s right, and the show was loud because Glass Animals fans are a lively and dedicated bunch. We were surrounded by beautiful and friendly characters, one of them in a kimono with a fan took great pains to make sure everyone felt comfortable including us. Much appreciated, moreover, because it was quite warm in the room. Others shared glow sticks with the child and helped make his experience one he is unlikely to forget.
Glass Animals, as a group, perfectly command their crowd through a set of danceable alt-pop rock hits. Vocalist and bespectacled adult companion Dave Bayley surprised me with his ability to bring audiences wherever he decided to go. The audience danced when he asked, they screamed when he didn’t. Whatever Bayley wanted from the crowd, they were ready to give.
Their stage resembled a holiday party with a diving board, video game backdrops and the band’s mascot, the pineapple, completing a much-needed party vibe.
Some favorites for me were “space ghost,” “Waterfalls coming out of your mouth,” “Stickyand of course their recent hit, “Heat Waves”.
Glass Animals gave their audience an amazing night and gave me the chance to show my son what it’s like to dance and let go at a real concert. He was shy at first, not knowing what to do with his arms. It took a few hesitant waves for him to realize that he could beat them to the beat of the music and that was encouraging and fun. Watching him scan the crowd and finally let the music flow was joyful. As a lifelong music lover and concertgoer, having your children find similar joy in music is surprisingly uplifting and endearing.
For us, it was a banner experience. I didn’t know of either group other than my son’s singing experience and TikTok’s use of “Heat Waves” in many memes. These groups, whether you know them or not, will make you dance on your feet forgetting that two hours before, you had only heard a few songs in passing.
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