This Peace article was written by Bethany Gray, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse

With the release of their latest album ‘Happy People’ back in February, Birmingham’s brightest, Peace, are now on course to dominate the live circuit, bringing funky basslines and psychedelic madness to the masses. Convincingly groovy, Peace have always been able to showcase some major dance anthems, and as frontman Harrison Koisser drips and struts his way onto stage with opener ‘O You’ it is clear to see just how connected the band is to its audience, creating a bustling atmosphere from the very start. They are natural songwriters; blending genres of dance, indie and pop right under our noses, but it’s the audience participation that truly allows them to flourish.

With an ever expanding set list that demonstrates their musical master ship, Peace charter 90’s nostalgia and naughty noughties all in one; flowing through iridescent pop and instrumental un-folding. It’s this growing ability to channel different auras within their music that makes them such a brilliant live band – by the time they’ve hit ‘Wraith’ and ‘Follow Baby’ of debut album ‘In Love’, the audience are already panting and sweating.

Although maybe not as prestigious as the tunes from the band’s debut, ‘I’m A Girl’ and ‘Perfect Skin’ still take a new life when performed on stage, hammering home the band’s popularity when the songs are echoed word by word from the crowd.

Surprisingly, the gig takes an acoustic turn; a difference from the previous days of Peace where they appeared to focus solely on creating an indie dance and electric vibe. ‘Someday’ is greeted with an almost religious experience by fans – arms outstretched, mouthing every word. ‘Under The Moon’ flirts with 60’s blues, becoming disarmingly poetic and incredibly vivid at the same time, before leading onto the undying classic of ‘Float Forever’ in which fans pour their heart out to.

Anyone doubtful of Peaces ability as a band is indefinitely quietened upon experiencing the performance of their Binary Finary cover of ‘1998 (Delicious).’ Rooting through Led Zeppelin-like mysterious licks and glamorous jams, it declares itself as a show stopper. Douglas Castle’s cutting guitar sound retaliates of the walls of the Empire and is left circulating for a whole seven and half minutes of indulgent fun before returning to the hypnotizing beats of ‘Bloodshake’.

It’s not just through their musical talent that makes Peace shine on stage; they represent every indie lover’s dream – heavily clichéd, but they don’t care. They implore the free-living, loose end vibe, tottering on the verges of carelessly cool and relentlessly messy. Although lacking somewhat on strength and vocal ability, it’s their on stage confidence and approachability that allows them to stand apart from other upcoming indie beatniks.

‘Lovesick’ causes a surge of appraisal from the progressively rowdy crowd, most of which will be staying to party all night long in Middlesbrough’s most notorious small town venue. An unusual trio to end with, Peace choose to follow ‘Lovesick’ with ‘Higher Than The Sun’ before finalising on ‘World Pleasure,’ Sam Koissers’ swaggering basslines wrap delightfully around Dom Boyce’s relentless beat, enticing an infallible groove.

Although they may be perceived by some to be little more than age old indie wave riders, tonight’s promising deliverance has shown there is more to come as they leave the stage in a swarm of believers turning their hands into symbols of peace.

Peace - Middlesbrough Empire, Middlesbrough (25th September 2015)

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