From being listed as one of the top fifteen acts in the BBC Sound of 2013 and hyped by NME, the Midland’s band Peace return to Brighton, which has become a favourite city of theirs. In the last 12 months, they played The Haunt, The Great Escape Festival, Green Door Store and more recently completing a NME Awards Tour with Django Django, Miles Kanes and Palma Violets at the Dome. This time, it’s Concorde 2. By then, they will have just released their highly anticipated debut album in March. So why am I excited to see them?
My first exposure was ‘Bloodshake’ from their EP ‘Delicious’ last year. The opening guitar riffs and bongo-tapping had me hooked instantly. They reminded me of my teenage youth, listening to bands from the 90’s Britpop era. Recent single ‘Wraith’ shows a maturity to their sound, usually not found until a sophomore album comes along, and an earworm of a chorus. If this band were a job applicant applying for a top chart position with a CV work history of these two songs alone, as an employer I wouldn’t rule them out.
I expect Peace to soundtrack this year’s summer festival with their anthems. But before your fellow music enthusiast starts raving about them, stay ahead and get a slice of the pie first. With added purpose, growing confidence and vigour to take on 2013, they’re not here for the short ride.