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Kids In Glass Houses - Smart Casual
Released May 2008
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Kids In Glass Houses - Smart Casual

Kids In Glass Houses are a Powerpop/Rock band hailing from a tiny village called Penpedairheo, Wales. The band is made up of vocalist Aled, guitarists Joel and Iain, bassist Shay and drummer Philip. The band are youthful and their sound reflects this, with an upbeat tempo and a carefree attitude to their music. They mix all the best sounds of the current Rock/Pop scene, demonstrating elements of Patrick Stump's (Fall Out Boy) vocal range and resonating voice. The band has a very marketable sound and I know that it will be very well recieved on the current music scene. However, the band will have a lot of competition from established bands.

The band has done quite a few live shows, mainfesting a large fan base. They've supported Hundred Reasons, 30 Seconds To Mars and The Blackout in recent times and they have also toured with big names such as the Goo Goo dolls and Manic Street Preachers The album begins with 'Church Tongue', and straight away you are made aware of the sound this band makes - the toe-tapping power pop that has made such an impact on the music scene in recent years with such massively popular bands Fallout Boy and the slightly lesser known Cartel. The song begins with 'bop-a-long' lyrics and Aled's distinctive vocals. The song contains hooks and lines that get your attention with small, catchy riffs working as bridges. The lyrics are catchy and angsty - perfect for a teen audience. The pop sound is a recurrent theme that you hear in all of KIGH's songs - the differentiation for the listener to choose between are the different song intros, different lyrics and the variable meaning behind songs.

The song 'Girls' starts with an impressive instrumental - unfortunately, these do come far and few between on this because the band concentrate more on an easy listening pop sound - not necessarily a bad thing. By playing to their strengths, KIGH's have produced a very good album. The song is almost a hybrid of the rock instrumental 'Jessica' by The Allman Brothers Band and the beginning of 'Juneau' by Funeral For A Friend (the type of band that KIGH's want to emulator). The vocals are strong throughout this song and I am almost anticipitating a teen anthem, the type of song they all sing along too at a live gig. 'Easy Tiger' has more of an indie sound to it - more tinny guitar sounds, more 'thrashy' and less delicate. The vocals are still smooth but pack more of a punch than their normal easy listenin' lyrics. There is more 'foot stomping' as opposed to 'toe tapping'.

'Good Boys Gone Rad' produces the best lyrical performance of the entire album, appealing to the audience for it's excellent sing-a-long qualities and beautifully angsty lyrics that put Panic At The Disco to shame. Towards the end of the song there is a strong 'emo' appeal with breaking down the word dead into individual letters and younger voices vocalising them.

This is a style that has already been done by From First To Last with 'Bang Bang Guns Go Bang' though this bands attempt will undoubtedly be greatly recieved. Like the end of the week, the end of the album has a 'Saturday'. The riffs are gentle with the guitarist making more staccato sounding notes, almost abstract but perfectly complimenting the other riffs. No certain instrument overpowers another, making a well balanced track. The lyrics are defensive yet uplifting, a different feel to the other songs. It is a good song to slowly bring the album to a close. The band have an excellent website which I recommend you visit although based on this album I'm sure it won't just be me giving these guys the recommendation, Give them a listen!

Aled - Vocals
Joel - Guitar
Iain - Guitar
Shay - Bass
Philip - Drums

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By rockrock on 24-09-2008
Nice review. A hybrid of The Allman Brothers and Funeral For A Friend eh? Hmm, interesting - will have to look into that! Kids In Glass Houses rock!!
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