Peace quickly became one of my favourite bands just after their second album ‘Happy People’ was released in February last year. I’ve went to see them play in September for the first time, which acted as a catalyst for my all round review of the band. Wikipedia compares them to The Maccabees, Foals, Wu Lyf and Vampire Weekend however I’d not necessarily agree, you’d have to listen to check, I guess.
You may recognise them if you watched series 7 of Made in Chelsea (this episode), in which Proudlock ~ heart eyes ~ invited the band to perform at a party and they played several songs throughout the episode. Peace have three albums (one of which is an EP, but still worth noting), and you should be listening to every single one of them.
Therefore, in chronological order, here’s my piece on Peace (I’m literally the most witty person in the world, no need to tell me).
EP Delicious (2012)
Four songs that make up 20 minutes of pure wonderfulness. My favourites are Ocean’s Eye (which goes beautifully in to the next track, Bloodshake) and 1998 – the 10 minute long instrumental track, which is perfect dreamy music for all the time every day. Really what I’m saying is I like every song apart from the penultimate, California Daze, it’s just not my cup of tea and I always purposefully dislike one song from an album, nothing can ever get 10/10, it shouldn’t be possible.
In Love (2013)
Of theirs, this is my least favourite album. I generally like indie music that’s hyphenated. Indie-rock, indie-pop etc. However, the genre for this album is not hyphenated, it’s more indie than I tend to listen to but it’s still got many highlights and I’m still 100% glad I bought the album.
I love Lovesick, Wraith and Toxic. Particularly Wraith.
Happy People (2015)
This is the album I fell in love with. I bought the deluxe version with eight extra tracks and anyone who didn’t should strongly regret their decision. It’s more indie rock than just indie, making it just my style *inserts sunglasses emoji*.
I don’t strongly dislike any of the songs, except my weird no 10/10 psychological thing puts Perfect Skin, Under The Moon, Love Me and Blue as the ones I’d skip. I’m not going to list the ones I like, because it’s basically the other fourteen songs on the album. However, for a first listen I would recommend Lost On Me, World Pleasure and Flirting USA (deluxe).
First Listen Tracks (in order)
- World Pleasure, listen all the way through, the bass at 3:28 is just ANTHEMIC. (2015)
- Lost On Me (2015)
- Lovesick, it’s not particularly my favourite but it has a familiar feel to it that’s somewhat warming. (2013)
I’m sad to say that Peace was not a great gig for me. It wasn’t so much the band itself but the atmosphere at the concert. I mention this because I saw that following the tour, many girls tweeted the band complaining of sexual harassment. I myself did not experience this, however, and this may be specific to one Glasgow gig – a city with a rowdy reputation to begin with – the concert was one continuous unavoidable mosh pit and in the end my friend and I spent the second hour standing at the back, trying to avoid the sea of sweat that was the few hundred teenagers there. So, if you’re someone who suffers anxiety, panic attacks or generally dislikes being covered in stranger sweat, I don’t recommend going alone or believing that middle centre is where you’re going to stand all night.
I think their entire second album is on their YouTube page (here) and if you’re going to buy one album ever, make it that one.
Peace out. (See, WITTY.)