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Kids In Glass Houses - Peace (Review)

Kids in Glass Houses, Peace

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

WHEN it came to approaching their latest album, Kids In Glass Houses were determined to have fun and offer something a little different.

“We wanted to make something that sounds fresh,” says Aled. “It doesn’t necessarily sound like what guitar bands are doing at the moment! But it sounds like us, our own little niche.

“The last album was challenging ourselves so much that it stopped being fun, and on this one we just had fun with the songs. Writing them was a pleasure.”

Listening to them isn’t bad, either, although it’s debatable that Peace has too many standout tracks. It’s also far from peaceful.

Songs are delivered with energy and speed, with choruses that are designed to deliver a type of head-rush. And while the band themselves would probably not like comparisons, the sound of American counterparts such as Fall Out Boy are justified.

There’s even, dare we say, a hint of the cheesy boy band about them at times… either in the giddy playfulness of a full pelt pop-rocker such as VIP or in the balladry of album closer Nightcrawler (although the guitars here do lend it grit and even a belated ’80s soft rock vibe too).

The band are on surer footing with the likes of Peace, which defiantly asks to be buried in rock ‘n’ roll and which has sex in the singer’s soul. It may sound upbeat and energetic but there is a darkness inherent too.

Drive, too, opens with the line “found love in the dead of night” before declaring “I just feel so good here in black and blue”, before hitting the listener with pile-driving guitars and an electronic backdrop during the verses. It proceeds to deliver another euphoric chorus but, again, has darkness throughout.

A track like Set Me Free has an ’80s vibe about it, complete with chant-along chorus, but is more evidence of the band at their most cheesy and crowd-pleasing, while Novocaine also feels like the type of track that’s auditioning for a show like Rock of Ages or a moment in Glee.

As amiable as the album remains throughout, though, Peace is only ever frivolously fun and lacks the staying power of the best albums.

Download picks: Peace, Drive, Runaways

Track listing:

  1. Peace
  2. Drive
  3. Set Me Free
  4. VIP
  5. Novocaine
  6. Stormchasers
  7. Runaways
  8. Up All Night
  9. Black Cloud
  10. Nightcrawler