Live Review

Peace, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

There’s no doubting, Peace deserve the hype.

Billed more as special guests than support, Drenge take to the stage to an enormous reaction from the (mostly teenage) crowd. The Derbyshire brother duo - who have, like the headliners, had a phenomenal 2013 - must be ecstatic to see almost all the 2000-capacity venue’s standing area turn in to a giant mosh pit as they thrash their way through songs such as ‘Nothing’ and ‘Let’s Pretend’ from their self-titled debut album. As the last chords of ‘Face Like A Skull’ ring out and Eoin Loveless lays his guitar on the stage the only question to be asked is whether the headliners will be able to match up to Drenge’s hurricane-like force.

Right from the opener Peace have no need to worry. Clearly appreciative of the audience, vocalist Harrison Koisser seems genuinely overwhelmed by the sell-out crowd. The simple staging, including huge spotlights, is bathed in yellow and orange for festival anthem ‘Higher Than the Sun’. Mid-set, they introduce a new song as ‘Money’, giving a promising glimpse in to what their second album may sound like.

Proving that he’s more than an indie poster boy with a penchant for roll-necks, Koisser’s voice is on amazing form, especially during the more stripped-back tracks like ‘Float Forever’ and ‘California Daze’. And, after asking the crowd if it’s ‘too early for a Christmas song’, he leads his band through their take on Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’ - the track mere days old in Internet age, but already sounding like one of their own.

Then as ‘Bloodshake’ ends, the crowd can barely contain their excitement. There’s no doubting, Peace deserve the hype.

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