Kids In Glass Houses - Concorde 2, Brighton
“It’s been a long time since we did a headline show in Brighton” says frontman Aled Phillips as Kids in Glass Houses blast through a set packed with fan favourites and cuts from their new effort Peace. Despite some technical difficulties (Phillips’ microphone cuts out in the middle of ‘Drive’) the Cardiff five-piece - and the crowd - go on to deliver a night of top entertainment.
Emerging on stage to the theme tune of TV’s Breaking Bad before breaking into recent single ‘Peace’, this is clearly a band set on enjoying themselves. In a set that leans heavily on 2010’s Dirt, they effortlessly run through the tracks most likely to get a crowd response - and those here respond appropriately. 2008 single ‘Saturday’ receives a rapturous reception despite appearing early in the set, as does fan favourite ‘Sunshine’. Phillips' penchant for on-stage banter doesn’t seem to have disappeared since their last headline tour, as he deals with both hecklers and over-enthusiastic fans, as well as forever being the showman by getting the crowd fist pumping, screaming along, moshing and at the end of the set, diving into the crowd himself.
It's worth noting the suspicious lack of material from 2011’s In Gold Blood (with only ‘Fire’ making the set) but when the set is packed with songs that cause mass singalongs it's a minor issue. On this showing, they're still one of alt. rock's most exciting prospects and with the right push, they can surely go on to fill venues larger than Concorde 2.