Peace don’t take any risks, faultlessly churning out classic summer anthems
Parr Hall, Warrington
The biggest irony about Peace playing in Warrington, is the town’s reputation for being home to the UK’s deadliest debt collector. Safe within the walls of Parr Hall, Peace created a haven with their impeccable knack at making catchy, indie pop tunes. Walking on to Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’, famously known as the theme to Top of the Pops, is a signifier of the music to come.
Peace don’t take any risks, faultlessly churning out classic summer anthems such as ‘Higher Than the Sun’ and ‘Toxic’, rousing the benign moshers into a hysteria. It’s unbelievable just how many hits they’ve produced from the one 2013 In Love album. Turning to the audience to double check everyone’s ok, frontman Harry Koisser asks “anyone need anything? A towel? Some water? A shoulder to cry on?”. Although his friendly banter exhibits a casual concern for the crazy kids leaping about on top of each other at the front, it does highlight Peace’s genuine desire to give the crowd exactly what they want. It is because of this that at times it seems the band find it hard to fully let go and have their own fun, without worrying whether or not we the audience are. That is until they showcase their new song ‘World Pleasure’, built around an exquisite baseline, they traverse near to psychedelia. Turning their backs on the crowd, it’s clear they are having fun themselves, creating a sound that could never be captured on record. Likewise another new track ‘Money’, on which Kossier attempts to rap original 80s style, could suggest Peace are taking on an interesting new direction.
But sadly this moment of freedom isn’t long-lived and they return to their crowd-pleasing precision with ‘Wraith’ and its uncanny similarity to The Cure’s ‘Friday I’m in Love’. Ending with ‘Bloodshake’ confirms their status as an NME indie band, and although this desire to please limits their levels of experimentation on stage, it is nonetheless what keeps their fans returning for more.