As the crowd slowly wanders in to The Hub, a 450 capacity club in Plymouth. There is already an exciting yet mournful mood to the atmosphere. Tonight this crowd is going to be given a show by five guys from Wales. They are a band who have created four outstanding albums that made fans all over the world want to put their headphones in and drift away to; and tonight will be the last time they play here.
Tonight’s support band are Save Your Breath, and while the five-piece do get the crowd ready for the night ahead of them. There just doesn’t seem to be enough of their fans here this evening. These fans just appear to be here for one reason, and prolonging that is not going to go down well.
Kids In Glass Houses have always had a thing for showmanship, such as decorating the stage with flowers when touring second album Dirt. So once Edith Piaf’s Non, Je Ne Regrette Rein begins to play over the speakers, the crowd knows that the last show they will see by this band is about to begin.
A roar of cheers greet the quintet as they walk on stage, and burst right into second album opener Artbreaker I. A track that gets the crowd moving and ready for what is to come. The cheers become deafening as the band then play arguably their most famous track Give Me What I Want, which is welcomed to a sing-a-long of the entire song. The first half of the set barely sees the band slow down or the fans stop dancing as they play song after song of classics from their records such as: The Best Is Yet To Come, Undercover Lover and Animals. Whilst also slipping in Set Me Free and Drive from their most recent album Peace that go down with more adoring screams.
Easy Tiger feels nostalgic as it takes us back to the first video we ever saw of the band back in 2008, Fisticuffs forces all of our hands into the air to pump along with lead singer Aled Phillips and Dance All Night makes us want to do just that.
Kids In Glass Houses – completed by Iain Mahanty and Joel Fisher on guitar, Philip Jenkins on drums and Andrew ‘Shay’ Sheehy on bass – announced that they would be parting ways in early 2014 much to the disappointment of their fans. The year 2008 Saw the band release their début album Smart Casual which put them on the map for one of the front-runners of the pop/punk genre, 2010 album Dirt only strengthened this position. 2012’s In Gold Blood saw the band go down a much darker route than their previous albums, it saw them introduce a more raw guitar sound whilst still keeping their catchy hooks. Although still a strong album it came under fire from their avid fans who preferred their older sound. Their 2013 offering Peace, put both of these elements together to create a record that captured the essence that the band started with and a sound that showed their growth. At least they have ended it on a high note.
Tonight the band are here to entertain everyone. Not only the fans who just know the well-known singles but also the fans who have been with them from the very beginning. That is shown as Aled takes to the stage, acoustic guitar in hand to give the crowd a personal slowed-down version of Raise Hell from their first record. It is in singing this track that you really feel the fans showing how much this band means to them, and the feeling is reciprocated through the vocalist.
The second half of the set concludes the powerful Artbreaker II which sees many feet off the ground, an on-stage strobe light show and the singer walk halfway around the wall and hang from a support beam. But the night is not over.
Oh no, with a whole back catalogue full of well-known tracks, this band isn’t finished just yet. An encore ensues which sees them roar through crowd chanting songs like Young Blood (Let It Out) and Saturday. As the guys thank the fans for all the support over the past 10 years and the opening riff for Matters At All slowly rolls in, you realise that this is the last time we can dance to this band that has brought us a decade of great music.
The Slam Dunk Tour got to hear Smart Casual in its entirety, and their previous show in Cardiff got In Gold Blood in full. But tonight was special as it showcased the incredible music from all four albums that the band have created throughout their career, and thanks to shows like this, for their fans, the diamond days will never fade away.
Full set list is as follows:
Give Me What I Want
The Best Is Yet To Come
Set Me Free
Dance All Night
Raise Hell (Aled Phillips Acoustic)
The Morning Afterlife
Hunt The Haunted
Youngblood (Let It Out)
Matters At All