Peace - In Love
Here we are again then: the hot band for 2013 have released their debut album in the early part of the year. Nominated for the BBC Sound of 2013 and talked up by a variety of music press, Peace, along with Palma Violets, are another of this year’s anointed saviours of indie-rock. Many a band have fallen by the wayside in this long fought battle including (Viva) Brother, Spector, The Drums and more, all of which have failed to really crack the wider consciousness. The task has been made harder in the last twelve months with the rise of the indie-folk stylings of Mumford & Sons, Of Monsters & Men, Lumineers and a load of similar bands. So Peace have got it even harder than those who’ve been before, and with the Palma Violets album getting a lukewarm response from TMF Towers maybe the future of indie-rock now lies with these four lads from Birmingham - for this year at least.
Despite all this hyperbole there’s no denying it’d be great to see a properly good album from one of these bands at some point. The Vaccines came close, Two Door Cinema have had success on the road; and Peace's effort is so very nearly there. It may magpie from bits of music past along the way, but breezes through ten tracks in confident fashion. There’s bits of early Ash, some Happy Mondays, a touch of The Drums, a hint of Gorillaz, and a bit of mid 90’s guitar riffing, particularly on ‘Follow Baby’. None of this really matters though as lead singer Harrison Kossier hits just the right amount of swagger in his vocals, his lyrics conjure up fresh ways to pine about girls and love, and the rest of the band attack the songs with heart and passion.
The album has a feelgood sunny mood and album opener 'Higher Than The Sun' should be the soundtrack to summer this year to help the breakout from wannabes to couldbes. ‘Lovesick’ brings a dirtier edge to California surf rock. Recent single 'Wraith' and its thumping bass line should have you grooving, as will the funky rhythm guitar of ‘Waste Of Paint’. 'Delicious' has a touch of Gorillaz 'Kids With Guns' about it before hitting the boost button and filling out with fuzzy guitars and clattering drums. Towards the end of the album there’s the garage rock of ‘Toxic’, the dreamy swirling psychedelic sounds of ‘Sugarstone’, and the conciliatory refrain (“Forget and forgive, there’s a place you can live”) of closer ‘California Daze’.
Once the feeling of slight familiarity has gone there’s an excellent album here; one which deserves to lead the indie fightback out of the landfill and into the mainstream.