Brit-rockers Peace first caught my attention at this year’s SXSW. While I was working at Lustre Pearle on Rainey Street, I heard infectious dance beats down the street at Clive Bar and made a mental note to find out who that band was. Alas, bombarded with end-of-festival breakdown, one too many celebratory drinks, and the topper, a missed flight home, Peace got buried in the chaos.
That is, until I got their new album, In Love, and was really able to fall in love with the band. Beatles’ post-acid guitar riffs and breakdowns (an especially “Day In The Life“-inspired bridge in “Drain”) are all supported with electric vibes and melodies sure to get even the most reserved hips swaying. Peace exhibits a wide range of styles, from the indie-pop melodies found in “Lovesick” to the carefully controlled vibrato of “Float Forever,” resembling a marriage of Bright Eyes’ I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning and Phantom Planet’s The Guest.
The quartet even shows the West Coast some love with “California Daze,” a track that LA girls are sure to appreciate. The song softly strums its way into your heart, and the flirtatious crooning of “Oh she tastes like sunlight, and she’s always gonna be there in the back of your mind” sets the tone for much of the record.
After gracing the cover of NME, Peace will be heading Stateside for their first US tour, and Los Angelenos will have the opportunity to see them take over the Echo on May 31st. I’ll most certainly be there, earnestly waiting for them to play “Wraith.”
Tickets to their upcoming LA show are still available.
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