Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Live Review: Kids In Glass Houses @ Southampton Guildhall, 8/10/11

Kids In Glass Houses have been away far too long. In fact it’s been almost a year since they played a headline show. So tonight is a chance to show exactly what they’ve been up to. But first, they have kindly laid on a feast of British talent for tonight’s crowd.

Save Your Breath throw out some joyous pop punk, simple and honest yet hugely effective. Next up is Blitz Kids who have energy by the barrel load but a set that’s as limp as lettuce. Despite having at least a pocketful of great songs – mainly on their EP ‘Scavangers’ – they decide to play their slightly less exciting tracks from debut album Vagrants & Vagabonds. Francesca are also a little bland. Their Noah And The Whale-esqe indie rock pleases the younger fans but holds nothing special, expecially compared to tonight’s main act.

Before Kids In Glass Houses appear, their set is rolled out covered in neon. But far from being a tacky nu-rave affair, as soon as KIGH take to the stage it is transformed into a stunning post-apocalyptic dystopia.  The material from the new album really comes to life with gargantuan sing-a-longs and a supurb brass section. Old songs such as ‘Give Me What I Want’ and ‘Saturday’ are also given a new lease of life with the help of a few trumpets. Tonight’s show proves that Kids In Glass Houses can take on the mainstream, although it would have nice to hear a little more of their pop-punk roots. 

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