Peace at Sub89 in AprilBy Linda Serck
February 21, 2013
Peace are one of the hottest bands in the country right now.
Their EP Delicious made it on to NME’s top albums of 2012 (despite not technically being an album), their current single Wraith is getting extensive radio play from the likes of BBC 6 Music and their New Year’s Eve headline show at London’s Koko attracted a crowd of 1,700.
Their heady mix of great songs, electric live shows and a whole bunch of swagger is fast winning them fans all over the shop – playing recent sold-out shows in New York and Los Angeles and confirmed to play three massive festivals – SXSW Texas, Summersonic Japan and Primavera Barcelona.
So it is with great anticipation that they will be coming to Reading’s Sub89 on Thursday, April 25, to promote their debut album In Love, which comes out exactly a month before.
But what is it about this Birmingham four-piece that is so unusual?
Well for starters frontman Harrison Koisser has an interesting way of writing songs – falling asleep.
Yes ladies and gentleman, he had forthcoming single Follow Baby in his head after waking up from a nap.
“It was really peculiar,” he told me on the phone, in more of a Queen’s English accent than a Brummy one. “I’ve kind of had it few times but nothing as clear.
“It was while I was recording demos at my friend’s house, we stayed up writing and I was recording stuff constantly.
“I drifted off and just woke up a few hours later, and it was just complete in my head.
“I was like ‘that’s it’! Let’s start recording!”
Apart from coming to Reading on April 25, might the band be returning on a certain August bank holiday weekend for the festival?
“I don’t know whether it’s for certain,” he says hesitantly, “but there has definitely been talks.”
This time last year, the idea of playing Reading Festival was probably just a pipe dream, as at that point Peace were only just getting their act together.
But their rise to prominence in the music world is another interesting subject matter, which could be filed under ‘create your own hype’.
“We started out from the word go just playing live as much as we could for the best part of two years,” says Harrison, or Harry as he is known.
“At the beginning of 2012 we started writing songs properly I guess. We were everywhere whenever we could be. And then people just took notice.
“We were playing in London every week making as big a deal of ourselves as we could.
“We painted on the wall of the Old Blue Last (famous venue in Shoreditch, London) a giant Peace symbol after our show.
“We just shouted about ourselves like little brats until people took notice!”
Peace’s debut album In Love is out on March 25, preceded by single Follow Baby on March 17.
Tickets to see Peace at Sub89, Friar Street, Reading, on April 25, are on sale now.
More info at www.sub89.com
The University of Reading is once again a vibrant hub of live music thanks to a thriving new bands night called Perk.
The night returns to Mojo’s Bar on Friday for it’s fifth instalment of up and coming bands.
Last month’s event was a sell out, showing live music is gaining pace at the university, which has not had a regular bands night for some time.
“Each night the following has been steadily growing,” said Perk’s director Bones Neil.
“There seems to be a real hunger for music at the university, and we are even seeing a lot of people travelling some distance to come to the shows.”
Artists on tomorrow are The Fleet Booze Hound Blues Band, Cast Of Light, Violet Class, Fire At Night, Dan Curtis and special guests from Reading University Singer Songwriters’ society: Sam Arbon & Tom Glew.
Music starts at 8pm and it’s £3 with a flyer if you are a student, or £4 for a member of the public.
Search for Perk on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.