Peace are at the forefront of the new ‘B-town’ subgenre and are good ambassadors for their home town’s new sound. Their 21st century grunge meets slick pop has led to them gaining some serious recognition, not to mention their notorious reputation, which includes painting a huge peace sign on the front of a venue. It’s this callous, old rock and roll attitude which has made their new record infectious and brought them on a headline tour to Sheffield’s Leadmill venue.
The band may only be playing the small room at the Leadmill, but they have managed to pack the venue out so soon after the release of their debut. With the back drop of what appears to be a velvet ‘Peace’ sign, the band launch straight into their set with ferocious activity.
Peace’s live sound is surprisingly more produced than you might have expected. Songs like ‘Lovesick’ which doesn’t sound too dissimilar to the Cure’s ‘Friday I’m in Love’ classic, generates a euphoric atmosphere with teenagers and more wizened gig goers dancing along together. But what is most noticeable is the Columbia-infused slickness to their music; this is no straight out of ‘B-town’ merriment anymore. These boys mean business.
The band takes the audience on a journey throughout their set, with lead singer Harry Koisser attempting to converse to the crowd, despite the teenage screams that follow anything he says. They stick to the track list of their recent debut, In Love, including the always energetic ‘Follow Baby’ and ‘Float Forever’. There’s a lot of iPhone waving around too, which makes you wish Peace had followed the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ wishes and banned the entire farce.
The rock and roll attitude of Peace makes an appearance for the encore of their set, the track ‘Bloodshake’ from their Delicious EP, when they invite the screaming teenagers to join the stage with them, much to the dismay of the Leadmill’s bouncers. Chaos and crowd-surfing ensues with the boys battling on through their final track. They leave the stage with shouts of “Cheers, Sheffield!” and a worn out Leadmill waves goodbye with an air of satisfaction.