Monday 25 March 2013

PEACE // "In Love", Album Review & Tour Preview

After appearing on many “hottest new band” and “ones to watch out for” lists, the intrigue and excitement surrounding the Birmingham four-piece’s debut offering is huge. After EP, “Delicious”, firmly whet fans’ appetites the wait is finally over as Peace’s “In Love” is released today.

Want to know what we thought of the debut album? Click below…

Album opener “Higher Than The Sun” is euphoric and effortless, filled to the brim with quirky, angular guitar riffs; the rest of the album follows suit. “I don’t wanna go to school, I don’t wanna take the call, I just wanna be a fool and get lovesick with you”, begins the undeniably catchy “Lovesick”.  Much like all Peace’s songs it is immediately identifiable, both sonically and in terms of subject matter. “Peace” sing of love, heartache and teen angst yet, in a music scene ridden with bands writing about the same things, “Peace” manage to set themselves apart.  

“Float Forever” with its melancholic beginnings, is poetic and heartfelt, stripped back and perfectly simple with forceful vocal harmonies. Single “Wraith” is instantly infectious, with a killer hook and a chorus that just cries out to be sung along to, before it reigns in and sinks back into the verse. The catchy single is offset against the off-beat and psychedelic “Delicious”, which on first hearing is hard to appreciate, but stylistically grows with familiarity. Sophisticated and wild in the same moment “In Love” manages to captivate with its perfect balance of sumptuous riffs and experimental rhythms. At times it is easy to compare Peace’s lyricism to The Cure; at other times they hold down the dark ambience of The Horrors. What is certain is that Peace spiritedly strikes out with “In Love” and for the most part their aim is spot on and the rest will come with time.

Songs such as “Toxic” with Harrison Koisser’s smooth yet snarling gritty vocals scream out pained adolescence; a fervent indie rock anthem. The album is perfectly finished off with “California Daze”; a melodic and gradually building ballad that gracefully closes the album, with just enough bite to leave us wanting more. “In Love” is a beautiful and dynamic debut and Peace certainly do not disappoint.

Peace “In Love” is out now

& be sure to catch them on tour-

April Headline Tour:

12th - MANCHESTER - Club Academy
13th - YORK - Duchess
14th - NEWCASTLE - Cluny
16th - GLASGOW - The Arches
17th - EDINBURGH - Electric Circus
18th - PRESTON - 53 Degrees
19th - SHEFFIELD - Leadmill
21st - GLOUCESTER - Guildhall
22nd - BRISTOL- Fleece
23rd - PORTSMOUTH - Wedgewood Rooms
24th - BRIGHTON - Concorde2
25th - READING - Sub89
26th - OXFORD - Academy 2
27th - BIRMINGHAM - Academy 2
30th - LONDON – Birthdays

1st - LONDON - Birthdays
2nd - LONDON - Birthdays
3rd - LONDON - Birthdays
4th - LEEDS - Live At Leeds