LIVE REVIEW // Peace @ O2 Brixton Academy 09.10.15

WITH it being the last tour before recording their eagerly-anticipated third album, Birmingham four-piece Peace pulled out all the stops when they swung by the iconic O2 Brixton Academy in London. 

Opening with the massive tune that is 'O You' from their impressive second album, Peace took to the stage with a particular hint of force and charm reminiscent of Foals in their early days (and look at them now). The band's love for all things 80s and 90s is reflected in the lyrics as frontman Harry Koisser sings "The 80s were better, I have no doubt." This revivalism is a theme that not only runs throughout their hit albums, but though the whole gig itself. One look at the crowd, who looked as if they were attending Oasis' 1996 Knebworth gig, will tell you that. 

The set is a mixture of old stuff and tracks from their latest album 'Happy People'. Particular highlights include the slower-paced 'Someday' in which raw emotions are out in full force and the crowd sway back and forth as Koisser croons over the ballad. 

However, it's when the band dig out fan favourites 'California Daze' and 'Lovesick' that the roof of the iconic South London venue is fully raised. The band don't even need to sing the words as the lyrics to the track are sung back to them in all their glory anyway. 

Peace choose to close the gig with the punchy thrills of 'World Pleasure' that did not disappoint. It's hard to deny that Peace are one of the best live bands around at the moment and seeing them live is an experience you will not forget and want to re-live over and over again. 

Time and time again Peace have proved that they're capable of achieving many different sounds to keep fans on their feet with excitement and anticipation for what's next. But that's part of the fun with this band, you never truly know what to expect from them as they're constantly pulling something new out of the bag to surprise fans with. It's clear to see that the buzz around the Birmingham band will only continue to grow in the years that are to follow and if rumours of their third album are correct, 2016 will certainly be an exciting year for fans old and new alike. 

Words Lauren Wade

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