Peace

Oliver Hall

The current revival of the alternative scene is being spearheaded by Peace, who have recently released their debut EP ‘Delicious’. The band is growing in notoriety, so hopefully you’ll be familiar with them. Especially if you live in Birmingham, they’re the band behind “What the Fuck Birmingham” billboard. If not, don’t worry, you’ll know them pretty soon.

Having been hailed by NME as one of the bands to look out for in 2013, the boys are growing in recognition.  Releasing just a few demos was enough to gift the band a mini tour and a support slot with current Indie favourites Mystery Jets. During this whirlwind UK jaunt the band grew by word of mouth which was enough to allow Columbia Records to whip out the ink for their very first record deal.

Following the tropical funk of early demo ‘Bblood’, the band surprised everyone by releasing a one-two punch of singles; ‘Follow Baby’ and ‘California Daze’. Through these releases it was clear to see that Peace was not a band to be pigeonholed.

‘Follow Baby’ channels Nirvana and all the other plaid bands from the 90’s grunge era, whereas ‘California Daze’ caused the band to be thrown in with the likes of Oasis and Queen. ‘California Daze’ is nothing short of an anthem. Will Rees, of Mystery Jets fame, describes the song as “a stone cold classic”. Guitarist Doug Castle in an interview with ‘Brumnotes’ likens their sound to that of Glasgow legends Primal Scream “I think our songs are quite similar [to Primal Scream]…you can definitely hear the acid-house influence with them.”

The band are currently about to embark on their headline tour in support of their recent EP release ‘Delicious’, a four track introduction to whet the appetite ahead of their debut LP expected sometime in the new year. Featuring ‘California Daze’ as well as reworking of ‘Bblood’ (now renamed ‘Bloodshake’), a cover and a new song, the Birmingham lads spill some oil into the milk and create something new entirely. The new ‘Ocean’s Eye’ a short bass driven number, which sticks to the Peace formula of rousing choruses. The EP closer ‘1998’, a reworking of Binary Finary’s trance anthem, shows just how important this new band has become to the alternative scene. They don’t do Indie-by-numbers; they ignore the trend and cover 10 minute trance tracks. Normally we would shudder at the thought but with Peace, you can’t help but be excited.

Nevertheless, it’s clear to say that this is a band for fans of interesting guitar music and modern Indie bands such as Foals or The Maccabees. Their shimmery guitar licks and danceable drum beats are sure to make them not only a future festival favourite but also dance floor filler.