Pineapples are the fruit of 2017. Or at least, they’re the fruit of Austin City Limits Music Festival 2017.
Nowhere was that more evident than at Glass Animals’ sundown set Saturday — the British psychedelic pop group rolled out on stage with a giant pineapple disco ball.
Frontman Dave Bayley is known for his sometimes-slinky-sometimes-aerobic dance moves, his whisper-singing and trippy lyrics that flip between the metaphorical and the highly literal so frequently, it’s hard to tell what message he’s trying to send (but it’s impossible to resist dancing along).
But the message he sent Saturday night at ACL Fest was, quite literally, “pineapples are in my head.” Y’all, there were pineapples in my head and everywhere else at the Honda stage.
1. A pineapple pool float
Right out the gate, a fan in the front of the crowd pulled out a massive pineapple pool float and hoisted it above his or her head during set opener “Life Itself” (off 2016’s “How To Be A Human Being”) and then “Black Mambo,” one of few songs the band played from its 2014 debut album “Zaba.”
2. Pineapple clothing
As Bayley introduced “Season 2 Episode 3,” I noticed the woman in front of me was wearing a pineapple tank top. She swayed slowly, and I wondered if she knew — was she a Glass Animals fan, or did she just love pineapple print? It’s hard to say. I thought the same when, during “Youth,” I noticed the woman next to me wore pineapple-print shorts. It’s a goshdarn pineapple conspiracy around here.
3. A giant sparkly pineapple on stage
The aforementioned pineapple disco ball lit up and started spinning during “Gooey,” undoubtedly the band’s most popular song. The pineapple-clad women around me began singing along. Maybe they were in on it, after all.
4. A real-life actual pineapple
…that Bayley threw into the crowd as he sang the first verses of “Pork Soda.” Isn’t that dangerous? Pineapples are … prickly.
5. A pineapple maraca
This was the one pineapple I actually wished I owned. Drummer Joe Seaward pulled it out during “Pork Soda.”
6. A watermelon
Glass Animals had a watermelon-printed kick drum. Because why not? Bayley stood on the drum during “Agnes” and jumped off the first “I’m gonna hold you like you’re mine” drop.
Despite all the pineapples, the set’s most meta moment happened during “Poplar St.,” when Bayley remarked, “Did you steal an actual Poplar St. sign?” to someone in the audience who turned out to be Charles Hegi, who stole the sign from his small Arkansas town in “broad daylight,” he said.