Peace released their widely anticipated debut album, ‘In Love’ on 25th March through Columbia Records. The long player – produced by Jim Abiss (Arctic Monkeys, Adele) – follows a string of singles that have established Peace as one of 2013’s most exciting new UK bands.
A few months ago, three members of Peace were driving to Dalston from their home just outside of Birmingham. All of them were on their way to meet girls. Drummer Dominic Boyce was crowd-sourcing the backseat about how to subtly imply via text to someone he was meeting for a second date that he’d need to stay at hers. Lead singer Harrison Kosier, was planning a two week anniversary with his girlfriend, replete with roses and a choir of friends singing ‘Close To You’.
“You know what we should call the album,” he said, as his phone buzzes with another selfie from the missus. “We should call it, In Love. That’s what it’s all about in the end. We’re crossing the country for it. In love with girls, with music, with each other. Once I kissed a mate when we were watching Blink 182 at Reading.They were playing Stay Together Kids and hewas getting upset because his parents are divorced. So I kissed him. I think that’s what love is in this difficult world.”
Since that revelation, Peace have been burrowed in the studio with Jim Abiss, a producer whose credits include Arctic Monkeys and Emeli Sande’s debuts and both Adele albums.
The result is the most majestic rock album of recent memory. ‘In Love’ is filled with undulated riff-based pop and heart-wrenching ballads. It stands in spectacular lineage, not with the shmucky indie of the recent past, but huge,loved-up classics from John Lennon, The Cure and The Stone Roses. It’s breadth of vision and maturity of songwriting means it sounds like a classic on the first listen. It’s so good, in fact, that you can barely believe this bunch of scallies barely out of school are the ones responsible for it.
They came together with appropriate haphazardness. Sam Kossier (bassist) is Harrison’s brother, “so you know, he was pretty much a shoe in.” Their first gig happened around age 9, they invited all the kids from the street round to their garage.Dom joined after he tried to start a fight with Harrison in the street. “He just randomly came up to me in the street because he’s heard some rumour about me pushing his friend over.He was like ‘what’s all this’ and rolled up his sleeves. But then at school we got paired up in drama, which was a nightmare at first but we became friends.” Dom brought his guitarist mate Douglas Castle round to practice and Peace were born.
In an era where bands’ ascents are planned out in two-year press plans, there was something organic about the way Peace quietly plugged away in Birmingham, playing gigs for their mates and causing havoc in the local indie discos.
Then, quite suddenly, friends dicking about in their hometown got serious. Peace signed to Columbia early last year. In April, 500 7” copies of their debut single ‘Follow Baby’ sold out almost immediately. It was followed by the
Delicious EP, which received universal critical acclaim, including a 9/10 review from NME, and led to Peace being longlisted for the BBC Sound of 2013 . But while Delicious was focused on ballsy, rough around the edges guitars, In Love shows their gentler side.
“Getting signed to Columbia was really unexpected, it was all like woah. So now I’m trying to work it out. I use to think playing Reading was like ridiculously out of our league. But now it isn’t. So what is ridiculous now? Being on an iPod advert?"
His eyebrows lower, as if to say: but seriously, “It’d be cool if our songs meant as much to someone as some songs mean to me. I just want someone in a club to be like, this our song, Julie. That’s quite a nice thought.” Peace are
gearing up to soundtrack the next generation of fumbled young love.
Peace's highly anticipated debut album, In Love, was released in the UK on 25th March. Their Spring/summer tour will see them play dates accross UK, Europe and USA.