There’s no hiding that 2018 was a massive year for Glades. From opening for LANY to playing headlining shows and doing a coveted festival slot at Listen Out, this Sydney three piece haven’t stopped. In between all the shows the band also raked in 62 million streams with their single ‘Do Right’ on Spotify alone and finally released their debut album ‘To Love You’. So yeah, Glades are kicking goals all over the place. And to coincide with the release of their debut record, the band hit the road for a massive headlining tour which saw them returning to Brisbane for a sold out dance celebration. Wrapping up the tour at the Woolly Mammoth, the crowd packed in with drinks in hand and singing voices ready as the band emerged from the smoke with moody lights for opening track ‘Nervous Energy’. “Thank you Brisbane” lead singer Karina Wykes exclaimed to the screaming crowd as they dived straight into the synth driven hooks of ’80 Miles’ and ‘Speechless’. After all, this show was a celebration for their new record so they gave fans the dance numbers ‘Not About You’ and ‘Neon Buzz’ before throwing it back to one of their earlier singles ‘Keep It From You’. They oozed through these songs with such confidence that brought these pulsating synth tracks to live. The incorporation of rhythmic drums had you grooving instantly while your attention was locked on Karina who was dancing through the set with Cameron getting funky on the guitar and Joey intently in the zone playing the keyboard.
Stripping it back for the heartfelt moment ‘Through To You’ which hears them explaining the importance of being there for your friends and loved ones, they had the audience getting a little mellow. But it was their synth driven and beautiful performance of their recent Triple J Like A Version cover of ‘Straight Lines’ by Silverchair which had the crowd screaming like crazy. Getting back into the groove, ‘Love You Better’, Sweetheart’, ‘Eyes Wide Shut’, ‘Poreclain’ and ‘Dangerous’ continued the singalong’s whilst they got a little sentimental again on the self love anthem ‘Better Love’.
Confessing to the crowd that they only had two songs left for the whole tour they turned it up a notch for the epic ‘Drive’ and ‘Do Right’ which left everyone walking away feeling really euphoric. It was a perfect finish to their hour set that no one wanted to end. They have this raw confidence that translates so well with their polished stage presence. Their sound is well suited to the live formula that you can’t help but smile and dance the whole way through their set. And it also helps that their debut album has a lot of bangers.