Kids In Glass Houses have always been a band on the periphery of success. Debut album Smart Casual saw the quintet capitalise on the exposure that support slots alongside Lostprophets, 30 Seconds To Mars and Manic Street Preachers had given them, with 12 tracks of no-nonsense, but catchy, punk-pop. The album quickly built up a strong following and led to the band’s own headline tour plus a support slot with Fall Out Boy in 2009.
Much like doing a Sistine Chapel jobby on a donkey won’t turn it into a zebra (this is an actual thing) and stumbling across an impossibly well-tailored item in Primark still makes it Primark and not, let’s say, Armani – there are some artists who no matter how good they are at what they do, can be hamstrung by the limitations of the genre they inhabit. This is essentially the issue that faces Kids In Glass Houses. The Welsh quintet are accomplished at displaying their talents within pop-punk and post-hardcore, and it can make their earnest efforts seem less worthy of the praise they actually deserve.