Live: Peace – The Fleece – 23/1/15


The Midlands unusual answer to a concoction of psychedelic, indie and grunge take to the stage of one of Bristol’s most legendary small music venues, The Fleece. Prior to the release of Peace’s upcoming record, Happy People, the indie quartet are at the beginning of their fifth tour of the UK.

The four walls of this intimate setting have countless stories to tell about the up and comers, the before-they-were-famous and the never-really-made-it’s. ‘Oasis, 1994’, ‘Radiohead, 1992’ are just two posters out of many taking pride of place above the bar in The Fleece. Perhaps it’s not too impossible to imagine Peace up there one day.

One thing this band truly succeeds at is knowing how to induce a raucous crowd. From the word go, an audience of zealous fans unleash into a frenzy as ‘Higher than the Sun’ is the first song to blast through. New tracks such as ‘World Pleasure’, ‘Lost on Me’ fit nicely into the set, defined by their superb bass lines and ‘poppy’ quality. Oldies such as ‘California Daze’ and ‘Follow Baby’ remind you of the unfettered nature of their early work. The brilliantly self indulgent, ‘1998’ then reanimates any members of the audience if for any chance they were beginning to slow down. There is crowd-surfing galore and someone even has the valour to climb a pillar then proceed to light a cigarette, much to the despair of security. The performance and the audience reaction have energy levels incomparable to any other gig you’ve been to in the last year, if not longer. It’s become an essential part to their act, partly due to front man Harry Koisser’s ability to write solid choruses that no one can resist having a big dance to. Peace’s music can even make the over 40s in the crowd do more than a bit of head bopping with crossed arms.

Everyone thinks that each of their songs sound like something else and you’re opinion of what that may be is bound to differ from the next. No one can really put their finger on it. Peace are simply a band for the disenchanted youth. They make music that, whether inadvertently or not, experiments with our favourite sounds of the past. Many listeners to the new record will no doubt be morphed into happy, positive, free-thinking people, just as the title suggests and probably intended.