With their most recent album, Peace, only hitting the shelves a matter of days before their first headline tour in three years, the anticipation was high for Kids in Glass Houses’ return to the stage in Nottingham.
Opening act Propellers provide a unique sound blending dance music and rock in a way that is well received by the audience while Cartel grace the stage with their melodic pop-punk which sets the scene well for Kids in Glass Houses to follow.
The headliners open confidently with two songs off their new album, Peace and Drive. Both songs are fuelled with undeniable passion and the chorus of Peace- which thrives in a live setting- provides the first singalong of the night from the 400-strong crowd. The 17 song set mainly boasts songs from their sophomore album, Dirt; hits like Sunshine and the Best is Yet To Come are sure highlights of the night and blend in seamlessly with the band’s newer songs. Despite the dust hardly having time to settle on the new album, the audience know the lyrics to the newer songs and sing them back with such enthusiasm that towards the end of the set lead singer, Aled Phillips, heralds Nottingham as his favourite crowd of the tour.
A notable absence from the set are songs from the band’s previous album, In Gold Blood. Strangely ‘Fire’ is the only song played from that album, leaving the better-known songs nowhere to be seen. Another surprising addition to the set is the song ‘Lilli Rose’; Phillips brands it a ‘forgotten song’ that the band are trying to reintroduce to the world though it evidently hasn’t been forgotten by the audience who singalong to every line in perfect unison.
Overall the gig is a triumphant success for the band and as the final notes of set-closer Matters At All are ringing out it is clear that this tour marks an exciting future for the band.
By Irini Kounoupias