The Harley, Sheffield
For a band that only formed late last year, Peace have got a lot under their belt. Their debut EP Delicious instantly gained them credibility in the hazy indie underworld - three of their singles making NME’s 50 Best Tracks of 2012 (50% of their released songs), they were soon hailed “the future of indie” by The Guardian, and recently have been nominated for the prestigious BBC Sound of 2013. But is there substance beneath this ever expanding hype?
Sheffield seem to certainly think so, as the sold out crowd fog the windows of the venue and stretch it to capacity. As Peace take to the stage, they look every bit the part, with the air of New Yorkers, and accents that betray their Birmingham origins. It’s this turbo-nonchalance that secured Peace the role of opening Vice’s 10th Birthday party last month which was a night of free drinks, messiness and leather so they fitted right in. Turbulent sounds soon fill the venue and the band get the crowd very much onside by plunging straight into ‘Ocean’s Eye’, so much so that the speakers by the stage are in real danger of toppling over from the pulsating masses. Considering their short back catalogue, an incredible percentage of the set list sounds like if it isn’t already a hit, it’s only a matter of time before it is. ‘California Daze’ demonstrates the diversity of Peace as a band; the beautiful crooning ballad that has the crowd hypnotized and swaying on the spot is followed by the incredible cover of Binary Finary’s ‘1998’. There aren’t a lot of bands that could pull off such a cover.
Of signing to Columbia Records for their debut album, they said “It’s a bit like getting knocked up. We just had some unprotected sex with Columbia and we’re keeping it.” I suppose that’s a good thing. They finished the set on Bloodshake, a song that even features on the Made In Chelsea soundtrack and yet has maintained 100% of its cool. Tonight, front man Harrison Koisser describes their music as “rave disco chill house”. This is bullshit but that doesn’t hugely matter. Whatever you chose to call it, the sounds that Peace are making are going down a storm. A stage invasion ensues and the band leave to massive cheers. Whatever Peace have, it’s certainly causing a stir.
Words: Louise Caldwell, Sheffield, UK