It was a fine Wednesday to spend in the nation’s capitol enjoying some quality live music. That is exactly what everyone at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC got thanks to the performance of UK band Glass Animals.
Before I get to the headliners though, I do want to make mention of the opener Gabriel Garzón-Montano. This solo artist hails from Brooklyn and was born from a unique mix of French and Colombian parents. His musical style is that of neo-funk and soul and draws instant connections to Stevie Wonder, Jason Mraz, Maxwell and John Legend.
Considering these lofty comparisons and obvious influences there is a lot of potential clearly visible in his music and voice. Unfortunately, he hasn’t seemed to get it completely right just yet. While his voice is unique and draws comparisons to that of Stevie Wonder, he falls just a bit short. His compositions and production are similar to Maxwell and John Legend, once again something is just a bit off or missing. It’s not anything glaring in his performance or compositions that makes his sound just that bit off, but more of a bunch of small things that a bit of coaching could fix. Don’t get me wrong, he has composed some excellent tracks already, the perfect example was his opener on the evening Everything Is Everything.
It’s his other compositions unfortunately that miss the mark. The potential is definitely there, things just need a bit of a tweak. It seems both in his recorded performances as well as live he tends to zig when he needs to zag and things fall flat consequently. It is a shame, because the potential is clearly visible, and I believe a slight nudge in the right direction may be all it takes to garner fantastic results, as the cat definitely has talent. We shall see if he receives that sort of attention.
Sooooo, now let’s move onto the main event of the evening, Glass Animals. The UK lads really brought it to the sold out 9:30 Club that evening. Kicking the show off with Black Mambo the boys knew how to get the show started on the right foot. The band’s mellow yet sensual vibes permeated the room all night, while lead singer Dave Bayley remained active on stage all night and continuously danced around.
The show included a rendition of Gooey that seemed to go on forever (of which no one in the crowd was complaining) and a super slow version of Hazey. Toes was another track that the band mellowed the hell out of and made it sexy as all get out. To add to the already enjoyable show, the band debuted live for the first time a track they released earlier that day online as well, Gold Lime. The track is a fusion of Erykah Badu’s The Healer and Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ Gold Lion in the typical Glass Animals format with fantastically catchy results.
The group played an hour-long set before departing the stage, to a roaring sustained ovation from the crowd. They returned for a brief but excellent two-song encore, beginning with their popular Kanye cover Love Lockdown and closing with a massive performance of Pools.
All in all, this was a fantastic show for a Wednesday night. Relatively low-key in musical style, yet high in peanut buttery vibes; a perfect mid-week breakup of the work week. Be sure to check out some photos from the show on the Instagram and in the full photo album linked below.
More of my photos from the night: Glass Animals w/ Gabriel Garzón-Montano @ 9:30 Club
Now Playing: Glass Animals – Gold Lime