Live Review: Kids In Glass Houses, Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms, 7th October 2014

KIGH - Portsmouth-62The poignant vocals of Edith Piaf singing ‘Je ne regrette rein opened the set for Kids In Glass Houses on their farewell tour. This matched the emotional atmosphere of the crowd, who came armed with love and support for 5 lads from Cardiff who they may never see perform again.
Kids In Glass Houses lived up to the expectation of their stalwart fans – from the opening track Artbreaker through to the roof lifting Matters At All – providing yet another energetic and high octane performance, delivered with an ease and professionalism that many groups can only ever hope to achieve.

This band, who have worked together for over 7 years, playing venues ranging from street festivals to concert halls, pub basements to the Reading and Leeds Festival have never failed to deliver.

The accomplished guitar playing of Joel Fisher and Iain Mahanty the rich rise and fall of Andrew ‘Shay’ Sheehy on bass and the driving drum rhythms of Philip Jenkins delivered throughout the set, which consisted of hits from all of their albums, Smart Casual, Dirt, In Gold Blood and Peace. Kids In Glass Houses succeeded in encapsulating the very best from each album, delivering their anthemic and engaging melodies with full crowd participation from start to finish.

Despite being championed by the rock media, staunch support from a number of other bands of their generation, and a solid fan base Kids In Glass Houses never obtained the backing of the record companies that they so deserved and needed. As a result, the British music scene is about to loose a fantastically talented band that will be very much missed.

Aled Phillips has a voice that needs to be heard – as evidenced by his acoustic solo of Raise Hell which was, quite simply awesome and question why millions of pounds are being spent trying to ‘forge’ a new popster by the blinkered promoters in this fickle industry when here is natural raw talent that is about to be forsaken.

As a farewell tour this could have been melancholic but at no stage did the professionalism of this band slip and we were without doubt privileged to witness Kids In Glass Houses a at their absolute best. If you have not yet got a ticket then I would suggest you do, but you had better be quick. This may be your last opportunity to see this phenomenally talented quintet.

May we take this opportunity to thank Kids In Glass Houses – a bunch of genuinely lovely and humble guys who have left us with some cracking albums and many a good happy memory. We wish you all luck with your future ventures and genuinely hope that this will not be the last we hear from you

Written By: Lindsy Stott

Photography By: Samantha Stott

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