UK band Peace have returned to Australia, currently partaking in the Groovin The Moo festival and showcasing sophomore album Happy People with a handful of sideshows around the country. The boys stopped off in Brisbane amongst their insanely busy touring schedule, bringing their feel-good style of indie rock to The Zoo.
With the release of Happy People in February of this year, Peace have wasted no time in getting out of the studio and onto the tour bus, having already toured Europe in March. With Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds and T in the Park festivals amongst the midst of the lads’ touring schedule, rounding it all off with a huge UK tour at the end of the year, it was extra special to get a look in on the band’s live show ahead of their massive 2015.
On the red-lit intimate Zoo stage, Peace emerged smashing out the ever-catchy and popular Money. The guys kept the crowd singing, following up with tracks such as Follow Baby, Happy People and I’m A Girl.
Peace managed to pull out a set balanced with songs from In Love, their 2013 release and of course from Happy People. As both of these albums are 14 and 18 songs long, a rare quality amongst 21st century artist’s records, choosing from the wide range of bangers would not have been easy. The set was rarely dull, filling the venue with guitar and bass solos, vast vocal melodies and tight rock beats.
Although Peace may not be the most original band out there, they are definitely amongst some of the catchiest pop-rock songwriters that have emerged over the past couple of years and as a result of their endless touring lifestyle, they execute these sing-along songs with absolute precision.
Crowd pleaser Lost On Me, packed with catchy guitar hooks and lyrics, coupled with an exceedingly infectious bass line was a highlight of the evening’s set, getting hips everywhere jiving.
Unfortunately, the crowd for the evening was surprisingly small – a bit of a shame considering Peace’s increased popularity over the past year. Competing with other GTM sideshows such as Peaches may have impacted on the turnout, but didn’t impact on the band’s live show.