Save Your Breath and Kids In Glass Houses
12th October 2014, 7pm
The first time I saw Save Your Breath was back in 2008 supporting KIGH at Leadmill and now 6 years on the band that showed so much promise back then has delivered growing in sound, style and confidence to become a really great alt-rock act that put on an enjoyable and well received punk show every time. The acoustic beauty of ‘Skin and Bones’ was a great calm interlude to a set which was filled with riffs and moshing rhythms while ‘Stay Young’ and closer ‘Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy’ created loud sing a longs and an energetic edge from both band and crowd alike. With their mix of hardcore riffs and percussion and catchy pop–punk choruses, these guys have managed to create something quite brilliant and standout on the UK alternative scene right now.
Kids In Glass Houses final farewell tour was always going to be a sad affair with plenty of moments of emotion littered throughout and whether you were a long-time fan or a more recent one, it surely hit you hard at the loss of such a great band. But it wasn’t all sadness and poignancy, there was a true party atmosphere felt throughout the night from rock and roll riffs on ‘Animals’ to the catchy choruses they were well known for on tracks such as ‘Give Me What I Want’, ‘Undercover Lover’ and ‘Sunshine’.
The acoustic version of ‘Raise Hell’ with only Aled and his guitar onstage was a beautiful moment where his impressive voice was left to stand alone with a voice as wonderful and powerful as Aled has it is a moment I have wished for, for 8 years and have finally witnessed. The set featured everything from their very first hardcore tracks from the ‘E-Pocalypse!’ EP through to singles from latest album like the epic ‘Drive’ and the anthemic title track ‘Peace’ via the likes of ‘Diamond Days’ from ‘In Gold Blood’ and ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’ from ‘Dirt’. With so much energy from the band’s performance it created an atmosphere full of excitement with plenty of movement from the crowd and massive sing along’s, all of which overplayed the sad undertone that was felt from everyone.
With their best of setlist show in Sheffield coming to an end, the Welsh five piece gave a great four song encore finishing up on their two biggest singles to date, the band anthem ‘Saturday’ from debut album ‘Smart Casual’ and the beautiful pop song with a soaring chorus that is ‘Matters At All’ from second album ‘Dirt’. As the final vocals from Aled and the crowd alike rang around the room and the final bass, guitar and drum notes starting to fade, the band left the stage to cheers and claps. They thanked us for our support over the years and turning up to make their final tour one of their favourites but we want to thank them for giving us 8 whole years’ worth of great music from their four impressive album releases and many, many memories from the myriad of tours they have undertaken and festival bills they have graced over the years. This was a truly perfect and fitting ending to not only the evening but the band’s career.