Exciting return for Glass Animals to Milwaukee

After much touring throughout Europe and many A-market cities in the United States, Glass Animals made a long awaited return to Milwaukee, WI. Bumped from the smaller Pabst Theater to the Riverside Theatre due to pent up demand, the English indietronic powerhouse felt the success before they even set foot in the Brew City.

Glass Animals’ summer 2014 release ZABA inched them onto the map with their seductively groovy hit “Gooey,” amongst many others. Featuring a plethora of single-worthy works, ZABA is most readily comparable to the musical success and breakthrough of Lord Huron’s debut release Lonesome Dreams and even Alt-J’s An Awesome Wave. Musically though, the bands couldn’t be further apart.

Dashing their provocative style with a touch of electronic widen the appeal with music that’s not only flirtatious, but music we can feel. Equal measures The Hics, The Temper Trap, and the direction of Alt-J, Glass Animals broke through with the powerhouse that is ZABA and is on a similar road to their own custom indie offshoot.

Their rousing energy notably shines through in “Black Mambo,” “Gooey,” “Hazey,” and “Pools”. Their debut LP is further driven by earlier productions like “Holiest”.

It was easy to feel the vibe transcend from Glass Animals to their fans pressed to the front of the stage, mesmerized and moving to every beat. It’s hardly possible to turn away from a combination of talent so mentally stimulating.

Visibly brought back by the thunderous crowd, frontman Dave Bayley continually praised Milwaukee. “Milwaukee, you guys have been so good to us!” “Our first ever show on our first ever America tour was in Milwaukee!” Toying with guitar pedal effects and jittering around like Thom Yorke, felt like a fresh change of pace.

For their single LP status, Glass Animals are amazingly efficient at making it feel like so much more. Bayley climbed on one of the side balconies for his performance of “Gooey” and during their encore performance of “Love Lockdown” got a little cozy with fans and casually surfed the pit.

Glass Animals’ nearly full house was almost overwhelming, fans pressed to the front of the stage melting into their own enjoyment. It was quite the live performance – ample material, killer energy, and I’ll have to admit, much more than I expected.
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