Peace @ Queens Social Club
Review of Peace at Queens Social Club, January 31 2015.
After bringing Birmingham to the fore of the British rock scene in 2013 with debut record ‘In Love’, and unleashing a polished new sound in a slew of singles in 2014, this year is set to be another whopper for everyone’s favourite indie-psych group, Peace.
With the release of new album ‘Happy People’ just days away, Queens Social Club was treated to two nights of their high-energy live show. After a sell out Friday gig, an expectant young-looking crowd gathered once again on the Saturday, eager for a sneak preview of the band’s new material, some old favourites, and of course, a good time.
Support came in the form of all-female act The Moon, setting the scene well with an array of danceable indie numbers. After palpable anticipation, Peace’s set rolled in with the bombastic ‘Higher than the Sun’, sending everyone into an early frenzy, and lead singer Harrison Koisser cast an imposing figure donned in his signature vintage style.
More familiar first album tunes followed before the room was greeted to “a couple of newies”, including the hook-laced single ‘Gen Strange’. But this was very much a night for crowd-pleasers, with deafening singalongs to ‘Float Forever’ and ‘Wraith’ being particular highlights, not to mention the waving sea of hands to the ethereal ‘California Daze’.
As a row of fans clamoured the front of the stage in the encore, beer glasses hurtling back and forth behind them, and an army of crowdsurfers plunged forward, there was proof for all to see (if it was ever needed) that this band puts on a show that contradicts their name in the finest possible way.