Glass Animals brings pineapple soul and Tetris to Mardi Gras World

Rays of golden light shined from a pineapple disco ball hanging among lit-up Tetris cubes and fake palm trees. With a weird and vintage aesthetic, Glass Animals brought the sound and look of their music, videos and website to life when they visited Mardi Gras World on Thursday, Oct. 12.

Starting off the show was the electro-pop sound of up-and-comer Amber Mark and Australian electronic dance band RÜFÜS DU SOL.

RÜFÜS DU SOL’s ambient, electric-style songs prolonged its set, which lasted almost as long as the headlining band. While the songs continued, a variety of lights strobed to each beat, adding emphasis and capturing the audience’s attention.

Once the openers finished, a deep electronic voice boomed over the speaker while an assault of green lights flashed on and off of the giant Tetris cubes floating above. 

The band followed up the intro with “Life Itself,” the number one song off its latest album, “How to Be a Human Being”. Starting off a concert with one of the band’s most popular songs risks the performance’s peaking too early, but it turned out to be just what the crowd wanted. As the show progressed, most songs brought the same excitement and devotion from the crowd.

This point was further proven when the band played “Season 2 Episode 3.” Lead singer Dave Bayley stood on top of a giant TV dancing like an inflatable car wash mascot. Once he reached the chorus, singing, “my girl eats mayonnaise from the jar when she’s getting blazed,” Bayley pointed the mic out to the crowd as they screamed along.

Throughout each song, the Tetris cubes changed colors as the lights bounced around each cube to the beats. This worked best during the buildup of “The Other Side of Paradise.” Bright red lights illuminated the cubes according to the beat until the bass drop, when everything blacked out — all to return with full force.

Though most of the songs came from the second album, the band returned to its first release, “ZABA,” with the songs “Gooey,” “Black Mambo,” “Cocoa Hooves” and “Hazey.” The softer and more chill nature of the first album added variety to the more upbeat tempos of the newer songs.

After the band pretended to finish, it went on to cover “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley in its encore. Finally, it closed up by explaining the reasoning behind the pineapples littering the stage hoisted by devoted crowd members during the show. The chorus of fan favorite “Pork Soda” contains the lyrics “Pineapples are in my head,” which the crowd screamed at the top of their lungs.

Glass Animals’s funky dancing and pineapple imagery filled Mardi Gras World with wackiness. The off-the-wall group managed a seemingly unthinkable task, making New Orleans just a little more weird than usual.

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