Words by Holly Pyke, pics by Charlie Rose
But a lot has happened for this band over the last ten months and I was keen to see how they’d grown. And where better than their big homecoming gig, at the O2 Academy on Saturday 27 April?
Championed by NME, The Guardian, the BBC, and many other online publications as the next big thing to come out of Birmingham, Peace entered the stage to great applause.
Although, and similarly to their support band – a last minute (and seemingly unannounced) change from Superfood to JAWS, Peace made little interaction with the crowd, other than asking “How you feeling?” several times throughout the set.
Despite a difficulty, at times, to distinguish between songs – Peace’s performance was tight, their drummer skilled and (despite being difficult to hear due to the poor sound at the O2 Academy) the backing vocals impressive; maybe sometimes even more so than the lead vocals.
But with only their EP ‘Delicious’ and current debut album ‘In Love’ behind them Peace don’t have an extensive back catalogue to draw upon. And whilst the majority of the songs played had memorable moments, the set remained largely forgettable (aside for ‘Lovesick’, which stuck in my head for all the wrong reasons).
Unfortunately this was not to last, as ‘1998 (Delicious)’ followed in ten overly long minutes with the impact of a funeral dirge. Luckily the youthful front row remained unaffected, and in place, as Peace’s guitarist leapt off stage – in a lone crowd surf that represented the pinnacle of their audience interaction.
Peace finished their set without saying a word.
Overall, and sadly, I found Peace to be pretentious and bland performers – completely lacking in the showmanship, or camaraderie, you’d expect at a highly anticipated homecoming gig.
And whilst it’s entirely possible I lack all relevant musical taste, I did see the audience shrink during the main performance – with more leaving before the encore was over. So I may not be alone. If this Peace, give me war.
Peace’s debut album, ‘In Love’, is out now.
For more on Peace, visit http://peaceforeverever.co.uk