April 17th, 2011 • Introducing
Peace are a brand new band from the great musical city of Birmingham (see also: Black Sabbath, Duran Duran, UB40, The Twang) who we expect to be dropped into conversations of many a music aficionado very shortly.
Having formed in just autumn of last year from the ashes of previous incarnation November And The Criminal, the quartet have already supported the likes of The Vaccines, Tame Impala and Magic Kids around the UK. Their sound, much like these bands they’ve opened for, is alternative and guitar based: obvious points of reference are the jerky, stop-start math-rock of Foals and the pop sensibilities of Mystery Jets, with lead singer Harry Koisser’s vocals actually bearing much resemblance to those of Yannis Philippakis’ or Blaine Harrison’s (potentially a double-edged sword, at least before they establish themselves).
We caught their debut London show at The Bull And Gate on 30 March (put on by our friends Wax Robot), and were, in a word, impressed. Despite only playing for around 20 minutes (leave ’em wanting more seems to be currently en vogue, or perhaps they’d just run out of material), strong musicianship and interesting ideas were certainly evident. Perhaps more crucially, they’ve already got a handful of big songs, one of which they’ve just posted online (‘Bblood’). Nothing has been officially released to date, but if there was ever a space to watch, this would be it.