Off the back of the release of their third studio album, ‘Kindness Is The New Rock and Roll’, Peace bounced into Kentish Town with the joyous fervour you would expect from a band behind such a kind-hearted title.

A little while back, the dreamy sounding boys from Birmingham shared a fake set list with nothing but their reworking of Binary Finary’s trance anthem, 1998, listed 18 times, with the caption ‘Give the people what they want’. Here, Peace certainly did that, not through playing the banger over and over, but by opening this 20- strong set with it.

It was the perfect opener to a night that brought nothing but happiness at a time of year where Indie fans are baying for sun and festivals.

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The new album brings a softer side to Peace or at least etches out the poignancy they always possessed with eloquently written songs that both detail lead singer Harry Koisser’s personal battles and his subsequent recovery and a new-found quenching of life.

The first handful of songs was explosive, as they smashed through new anthem Power, before Money, I’m A Girl, and first album classics Toxic and Wraith.

With the next songs Peace blasted out, they perfectly summed up all that they’re about.

Silverlined is one of Koisser’s self-revival tunes, with beautifully thought out lyrics “When life comes down on me with all its devilry, Love will murder hate, I know I must believe”.

With Lost On Me, the fuzzy warmth of the blanket of Silverlined, was torn off and instead a funky fluorescence descended in the Forum. Peace flit between heartbreak and all-consuming love through all of their songs, leaving everything on the stage.

A standout track from the new album was Magnificent, in which Koisser asks “don’t give up on me just yet, someday I’ll be magnificent”.

The crowd seemed to merge both through moshing their way through the big hitters, in particular when the hair-raising bass-line in World Pleasure saw a lot of the crowd hit the deck. California Daze brought out the “let’s all be friends” mentality in the crowd, with boozed up strangers singing lovingly at one another.

This is perhaps Peace’s biggest and most-loved tune, everyone is love with the girl who “tastes like sunlight”, and remain mystified as to who the hell she is.

This was a huge night, with a real sense that Peace were back in a big, big way.

It has been a few years since they were in the limelight and it is more than life-affirming to see Harry swirling his guitar and shaking his head about onstage. To end on the brute force of Bloodshake, they announced their return in a bold way.

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Their UK tour spans the rest of this month, with a homecoming show at the O2 in Birmingham late on.

Peace play a number of festivals this summer, including Y Not Festival, Truck Festival and a headline slot at 110 Above at the beginning of August.

The full set-list from the evening was…

1998
Power
Money
Silverlined
I’m a Girl
Toxic
Wraith
Lost On Me
Shotgun Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Magnificent
Higher Than the Sun
Perfect Skin
You Don’t Walk Away From Love
California Daze
From Under Liquid Glass
Float Forever
World Pleasure
Lovesick
Kindness is the New Rock ‘n’ Roll
Bloodshake

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