Earlier this week we checked out the second album from Midlands quartet Peace, Happy People – after the strong impression that left us with, we went to check them out on their headline tour at Nottingham’s Bodega. Due to phenomenal demand, last night was the first of three sold out shows they are gracing the venue with; this winds up a week that’s seen the band on Radio 1 and on the cover of NME. The remaining tour dates can be found below, and straddles the release of their sophomore album on February 9th – you can check out our review here.
Before the band so much as set foot on the stage, the crowd were up in arms with cheers – there are no two ways about it, the audience made up half of the energy in the show. Undeniably, Peace have a sound that’s suited to festivals, whether that be in a packed psychedelia tent or on the Reading main stage they’ve played in the past. Regardless, they’re just as suited to a small but packed indoor venue, every fan waving their arms or singing along. After winning some familiarity and a lot of enthusiasm from the crowd with a couple of golden oldies, they began their new work with album opener O You – the heavier percussion lent itself to the performance by bulking up the music, albeit took away from the intricacy that makes it stadium out so well on the record. On occasion Harrison’s voice sounded a touch strained, but was nonetheless impressive. Gen Strange went onto up the psychedelic side and send the crowd mad.
As comfortable with their new work as their old, the set continued with fan favourite Lost On Me, sending the floor into a frenzy, and all new Perfect Skin – they might not have known the words, but that stopped no one. Money highlighted the limits of Harrison’s voice, and gave us a chance to see his bizarre dancing. Reverting to older and slower tracks had everyone whipping out their phones, and whilst clear, the vocals suffered the same. Scarcely taking a moment’s break between tracks set an efficient, Morrissey-esque atmosphere, packing the music in.
Although technically the show was almost of a studio quality, AND the band had a perfected, energetic live show, I’d somehow expected something slightly more eclectic and experimental from them – a little more whacky and unpredictable. If fuzzed up indie rock had rules and regulations, it might feel this tight. This regularity was sometimes dropped in the all-consuming instrumentals, where layers created a very woozy guitar sound and delay on the occasional vocals spaced the whole thing out, making the show meet somewhere between The Xcerts and Wands, with a bassy splash of The Vaccines and the generalisation of “guitar bands”.
Peace are psychedelic for those who don’t like psychedelic, for those who want to branch out from their chart hits into uncharted waters. Fuzzed up and pumped up, their live show matches the quality of their upcoming record; expect to see them create a national impression playing festivals this summer.
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