The whole audience was shifting and jumping, reaching high and knocking the disco ball.
In less than two years, you could say Peace have soared higher than the sun. From the dreamy visuals and echoey whispers of ‘Follow Baby’ to the tumbling thread of electric strings that is ‘Wraith’, coated in a sweet honey vocal. What’s more, their debut ‘In Love’ peaked at number sixteen in the UK album chart, going from an un-Googleable Birmingham band, to the fresh faced indie poster boys of 2013. So what next for our wonder boys of the year before yesteryear?
Having released a steady line of brand new material, ‘Money’ hinted at a new direction that’s as sleek and funky as it is sweaty indie rock. Tonight is the night where more of the highly-anticipated second album ‘Happy People’ will be revealed live to a busy, anxious audience packed into the corners of the Exchange. Speaking to NME Peace have said this new album would be “phenomenally more developed”, beckoning curiosity to their sophomore effort.
To kick things off we have London threesome Yak who exert a loud ruckus that attempts to win its audience over with sheer noise. To start with this can be exciting, but not for long. For the media buzz created for ‘Hungry Heart’, their gig was passionate initially, but perhaps overcooked come the finish. However this is soon made up at 9pm by the arrival of Peace onstage, who launch confidently into ‘Bloodshake’. The crowd for the the first few songs were consistently active, leading into an ecstatic chorus of ‘Higher Than The Sun’ and grungy favourite ‘Follow Baby’.
While moments of downtime could be expected when fans are greeted with the phrase “this is a new song” from frontman Harry Koisser, they still went down a treat. Previously unheard tracks ‘O You’, ‘Someday’, and ‘Perfect Skin’ pack a lighter punch but still echoe trademark Peace. Further songs from the upcoming album were also well-received; the stuttering riffs and offset ticks in ‘Gen Strange’ sounded better than ever, provoking mass chanting of “how do you do it so good?”, as was the case with the elongated shouts during ‘Money’, which raised so many fists in the air you could almost sense a revolution.
Yet the major highlights were ‘Lost On Me’ and ‘Lovesick’. While all songs received a certain level of appreciation from the crowd, the effortless guitar strung strut of ‘Lost On Me’ was by far a crowning moment for Peace, the whole audience was shifting and jumping, reaching high and knocking the disco ball into so many different directions you’d think it had a life of its own. But if this was a big moment, ‘Lovesick’ reached epic proportions. It brought wannabe crowd-surfers to the ceiling, and in the case of the one unlucky man who attempted to first surf over me, some crashing to the floor. Still it shot a short sugar rush of romantic riffs and a crowd united jumping with friends or onto them. From what I’ve seen tonight new and old, Peace are back to rock with style, and I can confirm that this gig ended with some very happy people. Peace out.
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