Live Review: In Love with Peace at Valentine’s Day Roadmender gig

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With a debut album titled In Love and a Valentine’s Day gig in Northampton, the stars were already starting to align nicely for Peace.

The indie quartet headlined the Roadmender on Saturday night, having released their new album Happy People earlier in the week.

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Many of the dates on Peace’s UK tour had sold out in advance and Northampton was no different with fans snaking around the venue ahead of local lads Neighbour kicking things off.

Peace’s debut and subsequent ‘Sound Of’ nomination in 2013 meant indie’s new hopefuls had a significant amount of hype behind them and there was a huge sense of expectation building ahead of their arrival on stage.

Led by singer and guitarist Harry Koisser, Peace arrived to screams of admiration and launched immediately into the opening tracks of their debut LP – the first a brooding psychedelic trip followed by the rawer and fuzzier Follow Baby.

Peace’s sound is based on a blueprint not to dissimilar to county grown globetrotters Temples, melding psychedelic optimism, an early 1990s indie ‘looseness’, intricate guitar pop hooks and lashings of effects.

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Fans lapped up the likes of Bloodshake (which borrows from Foals’ signature sound), while Float Forever provided a brief rest bite in proceedings while Kossier led the song alone before being joined by his bandmates.

During their 16 song set – which included a cover of Binary Finary’s 1998 – there was little chatter with the Roadmender crowd, with Koisser really just pausing to question whether the band had visited the town before and introduce the odd track.

Peace ended their set with Wraith before returning for a raucous three track encore which saw the Roadmender crowd dancing arms aloft to Lovesick and singing along to I’m A Girl before they ended on World Pleasure.

At this stage in their career, Peace have managed to navigate the hurdle of early hype with two sold albums and on the evidence of Saturday night’s sold out show are going to continue to aid the revitalisation of the guitar led indie scene.

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Peace played:

Higher Than the Sun

Follow Baby

Happy People

Gen Strange

Lost On Me

Perfect Skin

Money

California Daze

1998 (Binary Finary cover)

Bloodshake

Float Forever

Wraith

Someday

Lovesick

I’m a Girl

World Pleasure