Peace - Manchester Club Academy

Maybe it was the JD and Cokes I consumed during the show, but Peace's stellar performance at Manchester's tiny Club Academy just seemed to make perfect sense and their hazy indie-psychedelia seemed to fit my increasingly blurred vision.

Hailed as the next big thing by various some, the Worcester band sauntered onto the stage with a cool nonchalance, totally unfazed by the enthusiastic response from the fan-boys crushed against the front of the stage. While multi-colored designs were projected onto the walls of the venue, the band rolled through a tight set of songs from their debut album In Love. With songs like the Nirvana-esqueness of 'Follow Baby' and the Cure infused pop of 'Lovesick', the set played out like a brilliant kaleidoscope of sound. From my safe vantage point at the back I could see the band framed by jutting hands and limbs like a scene out of Dante's Inferno.

If the music borrows heavily from its forefathers (the Vaccines-tinged 'Scumbag', the Pink Floyd extended finale of '1998') the band deftly make these influences their own and exude a confidence that will no doubt sustain them in their hyperpace leap to bigger venues.

This was a sweaty, beer-soaked, fun-filled night out that had the band revelling in the crowd's adoration. The next-big-thing tag rests comfortably on their shoulders.

Set List: Delicious, Follow Baby, Lovesick, Scumbag, Float Forever, Waste of Paint, Higher Than the Sun, Toxic, Wraith, California Daze, Bloodshake, 1998 (Delicious) (Binary Finary cover)

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