Gig preview: Midland’s much-hyped guitar export Peace to play Manchester Club Academy

By Neil Robertson

Much-hyped Brummie slackers Peace – tipped for great success this year by music bible the NME, among others – will storm Manchester next month as part of a headline UK tour.

The quartet, originally from Worcester, were nominated in the BBC’s Sound of 2013 poll and will perform at Manchester’s Club Academy on Friday April 12.

The band have managed to attract an audience who enjoy the likes of Friendly Fires and Vampire Weekend while keeping enough credibility to be the latest in a long list touted as ‘saviours’ of British guitar music.   

They formed in late 2009 under the name The Criminal, and released a self-titled EP in March 2010.

The name of the band was changed to Peace in October 2010, after lead singer Harry Koisser was inspired by a photograph celebrating the end of World War Two.

Koisser claims he was inspired to daydream about setting peace signs to music.

The band released their debut studio album In Love last week, featuring radio-favourites Wraith, Bloodshake and Follow Baby.

In Love has been well received nationally, with The Independent suggesting that Follow Baby suggests ‘a sort of British Nirvana, the concluding snarl of guitar noise.’

The quartet possesses a concoction of attitude and subtlety rarely seen in modern day indie rock bands, harking back to the guitar band boom at the turn of the century.

Their mammoth tour will see them trek around Europe, the US and Japan before returning to prized slots at Reading and Leeds festivals towards the end of August.

If that’s not indication enough of the demand this band is in at the moment, then perhaps it’s time to make up your own mind by catching them in Manchester.

Peace play Manchester Club Academy on Friday April 12. For more information on dates and tickets visit http://peaceforeverever.co.uk/

Picture courtesy of Peace VEVO, with thanks.

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