Posted in Music NewsMay 28, 2013
After a triumphant return to the stage at Slam Dunk festival this weekend, Kids in Glass Houses are delighted to announce the upcoming release of their fourth album, Peace through Transmission Recordings on 30 September 2013.
Posted in Music NewsJuly 26, 2012
MERTHYR ROCK are proud to announce the full line for one of the last alternative festivals of the Summer…
Posted in Music NewsJuly 3, 2012
Merthyr Rock, the UK’s new 3 day alt/rock festival in the heart of Wales is back for its second year. Situated in the beautiful historic Cyfarthfa Park, a public, Grade II space in the heart of Merthyr. This boutique festival brings a mix of indie and rock bands, both home-grown talent and further afield. The festival will run from Friday 31st August- Sunday 2nd September 2012.
Posted in ReviewsOctober 11, 2011
Another rainy night in Manchester but this hasn’t deterred the swarms of ‘Kids In Glass Houses’ fans from forming a lengthy queue outside. This show was originally billed for Academy 1 but a last minute downgrade to Academy 2 sees the place packed to the rafters and gives an intimate, albeit slightly damp feel to the evening.
Welsh pop punkers ‘Save Your Breath’ open proceedings with catchy melodies that can’t help but get you moving. They have had a busy few months, touring with some big names such as ‘New Found Glory’ and tonight I can see why they are collecting fans at epic speeds. They are bringing something fresh to the pop punk scene and I see their success growing further as we progress in to 2012.
‘Blitz Kids’ follow with some catchy guitar riffs. These are a new band to me, and although they had some good danceable tunes they seemed lack the same energy as ‘Save Your Breath’. This may have been due to the vast amount of equipment on stage stopping the bands from inhaling air let alone moving. Nonetheless the crowd get in to the spirit, and the room remains full which is always a good sign.
But for me, the real stars of the evening were ‘Francesqa’. Oxford based 4-piece, capable of silencing an entire room, who watch in awe as frontman Ashley Wilkie seduces the audience with his delivery of genius tracks such as ‘Ghosts’ and new track ‘October’. His voice hung in the air and enveloped the crowd, soothing them like modern lullabies.
As ‘Kids In Glass Houses’ (KIGH) took to the stage I began to wonder if the previous performance could be outdone. It couldn’t. But they certainly did a fantastic job trying, with the equipment and band glowing in a neon it was certainly good to look at. Opening with a song from their new album ‘In Gold Blood’, KIGH appeared confident with their new material. To me it seemed their newer stuff was weaker than their previous two albums. It could be that it needs time to grow on me, but I can’t help thinking that they are running out of steam. They have two good albums under their belt, maybe it was time to stop there? Don’t get me wrong, the album is totally listenable but it just lacks something. But the crowd are definitely enjoying themselves and there is enough of their second album ‘Dirt’ to keep everyone pumped. With two tracks played from debut album ‘Smart Casual’ I’m a happy bunny and even find myself bouncing with glee with those around me. All in all, it’s a well rounded set with varied material. But there is clear stand out band for me this evening and I walk away thinking “Kids In Glass Houses who?”, because tonight it’s all about show stealers Francesqa.
KIGH’s Set List
1. Gold Blood
2. Teenage Wonderland
3. Youngblood (Let It Out)
4. Undercover Lover
5. For Better Or Hearse
6. The Florist
8. Artbreaker I
9. Hunt The Haunted
10. Diamond days
11. Give Me What I Want
12. Not In This World
15. Black Crush
17. Matters At All