KIDS IN GLASS HOUSES see their debut album SMART CASUAL hit stores this week! We are pretty excited as we think it’s pretty rad, but if you don’t believe us, here is what KERRANG! made of it in their recent review:
Kerrang! Issue 1211 May 24 2008
Kids in Glass Houses – Smart Casual (Roadrunner) KKKK – Mark Griffiths
“Cardiff quintet shine on eagerly-awaited debut.”
South Wales’ Kids In Glass Houses are one of those bands that seem to have been around forever. Since 2003 they’ve regularly supported fellow countrymen Lostprophets and Funeral For A Friend and have released just one official EP (2006’s E-Epocalypse!) in that time. A considerable amount of groundwork, then, before delivering their first album.
Smart Casual opens with the grimy riff-fest of Fisticuffs; all jagged rhythms and syncopated beats it’s an off-kilter, angular affair that still carries a bit chorus. This is quickly followed by the single Easy Tiger (re-recorded from E-Epocalypse!) replete with infuriatingly catchy ‘do-do-doo’ refrains and more hooks than an angling wholesaler. So far, so good then, but cheery three-minute nuggets alone would quickly grate. Thankfully, Smart Casual also has intricacy, depth and an innate, underlying passion. Pillow Talk, for example, is more downbeat and refined with mournful, plaintive lyrics and a crafted, expansive sound.
The fact that the band spent so long touring and earning their live chops before putting an album out is fully vindicated on Smart Casual. There’s a perfect mix between radio-friendly melody and weightier, discordant guitar work and, though the serrated riffing dominates, the pop sensibilities add an intrinsic fun quality all too rare in these days of dour introspection and angst. At the risk of stating a lofty claim this is the strongest British debut album thus far this year. Or, if we’re being casual about things; this is smart.
For Fans Of: Funeral For A Friend, The Blackout
All editions of the album are in stores NOW!!!