PEACE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM & MAY 2018 UK TOUR
ALBUM: ‘KINDNESS IS THE NEW ROCK AND ROLL’
DUE 4th MAY 2018 (ON IGNITION RECORDS)
FORMATS - CD, LP, DOWNLOAD
MAY 2018 UK TOUR:
SAT 5th LEEDS - LIVE AT LEEDS (HEADLINE SLOT)
SAT 5th NEWCASTLE - MEET THE NORTH
SUN 6th LIVERPOOL - SOUND CITY (HEADLINE SLOT)
TUES 8th GLASGOW SAINT LUKE’S
WED 9th SHEFFIELD - THE LEADMILL
FRI 11th YORK FIBBERS
SAT 12th DERBY - THE VENUE
SUN 13th HULL - THE WELLY CLUB
TUES 15th NORWICH WATERFRONT
WED 16th LONDON - THE 02 FORUM
SAT 19th SOUTHAMPTON ENGINE ROOMS
SUN 20th BRISTOL BIERKELLER
TUES 22nd READING SUB 89
WEDS 23rd LEICESTER DRYDEN STREET SOCIAL
THURS 24th BIRMINGHAM 02 ACADEMY
Album tracklisting: Power // Kindness Is The New Rock And Roll // Silverlined // You Don’t Walk Away From Love // From Under Liquid Glass // Magnificent // Angel // Shotgun Hallelujah // Just A Ride // Choose Love
Today we are thrilled to announce that Midlands four-piece, Peace, are back with a brand new album, titled ‘Kindness Is The New Rock And Roll’, released 4th May. The album is available for pre-order now.
It's been three years since Peace were swelling up tents at festivals, turning guitar cynics into rock and roll dreamers with their indulgent mixture of romantic riffs, heart-shaped lyrics and dancing drum beats. After a blistering success with their 2015 follow-up LP 'Happy People' (their debut 'In Love' came out to rapturous hype in 2013), the band disappeared for two years, winding up at a farmhouse in the middle of a forest miles away from civilisation. Now, they are back – as Peace 2.0; new label, new record and ready to reinvigorate their tribal young fanbase, one so loyal they’re known to sport Peace tattoos all over their bodies.
The band recently signed with Ignition Records, home to The Coral and Primal Scream, whilst re-signing publishing to the well-respected Communion stable. Back at the aforementioned farmhouse in the depths of Herefordshire (a National Trust property in the middle of nowhere), the foursome wrote & wrote. Having never spent so much as an hour in the countryside, singer Harry Koisser felt it was the most creative thing he’d ever done; “I was a total townie,” he says. “I spent six months out in an actual forest. It was very Hobbit-ish, very Hobbit-esque. Extremely isolating and scary”.
Over the past three years, Harry himself has been journeying on his very own independent transformative path; now sober, and turned to yoga and meditation. Alcohol and partying had taken its toll. Yoga became a habit six days a week. It completely revolutionised his creativity. Taking this with him into the recording studio after the farmhouse writing sessions Harry felt like he finally “had the keys to the Lamborghini.” Fleeing to Woodstock, USA, for a month in 2017 – a most unpractical but pleasingly gung-ho decision – the band went to work with Simone Felice (Bat For Lashes, The Lumineers), a brand new injection of blood. Having made their first two albums with Jim Abiss it was a new way of doing things, a less conventional way. Felice taught them how to use The Force…
“Simone doesn't do any sounds. He gets into your soul. He'll take you into a room and touch your heart, he'll drive you down into the Catskill Mountains and say, 'Smell the pines! Go and splash your face in the stream!' Then he'll take you back to the studio.” You can hear it not only in the lyrics but in Harry's voice, which soars more powerfully than ever. “I never ever thought I could sing like that. Simone found that. He physically massaged it out of my chest with his hands.”
'From Under Liquid Glass' was the first taste of new material. Released at the tail end of 2017 in support of mental health charity MQ, it is Harry's most vulnerable statement to date – a look into his own anxiety and mental health struggles. That topic is a big sea change for a band whose second record was non-ironically titled 'Happy People'. “I've always avoided writing about that side of me. When you're being a frontman it's easy to put on an act”.
Elsewhere on the album, the likes of 'Magnificent' and 'Angel' are a lot more introspective than previous Peace releases; thoughtful, spacious. The latter is almost regretful of Harry playing a character for years that he can't live up to.
With that said, 'Power' – which was released last week to an overwhelmingly positive response - kicks off the record in typical Peace fashion. “Hey wake up and smell the lavender!” it begins, with the sprawl of full-blown guitars and fruity rhythms that will please any long-standing fan of the 'Delicious' EP. It's a Peace with expanded, clearer horizons.
A real treasure on the record, and the one that's inspired the direction of the whole LP, is the titular 'Kindness Is The New Rock And Roll'. Think classic McCartney meets 'Be Here Now' Oasis with a little interjection of a gospel-loving Primal Scream. It was written as an acoustic idea pre-farmhouse. “I wrote it in my own headspace and then it became more important as time went on. I love the idea that rock and roll is not dead, it's still here pushing the message that if you're too busy to change the world just be a bit kinder. That's the simplest way to make the world a better place.”
With festivals to headline this year and a whole new universe to impact, the boys are well and truly back in town. “We want to be bigger and shinier than ever,” says Harry.
Peace played their first sold-out show of 2018 at London’s Omeara this week, as part of the NME Awards shows. Today, the band can also announce a full UK tour for May 2018 plus confirm headline slots at both Live At Leeds and Liverpool Sound City. Tickets for the tour will go on fan Pre-sale at 9am, Wednesday 21st February and general sale at 9am, Friday 23rd February. For more details go to http://peaceforeverever.co.uk/
Sat 5 May 2018
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne – Meet The North Festival
Sat 5 May 2018
Leeds – Live At Leeds Festival
Sun 6 May 2018
Liverpool – Sound City Festival
Tue 8 May 2018
Glasgow – Saint Luke's
Wed 9 May 2018
Sheffield – The Leadmill
Fri 11 May 2018
York – Fibbers
Sat 12 May 2018
Derby – The Venue
Sun 13 May 2018
Hull – Welly Club
Tue 15 May 2018
Norwich – The Waterfront
Wed 16 May 2018
London – 02 Forum
Sat 19 May 2018
Southampton – Engine Rooms
Sun 20 May 2018
Bristol – Bierkeller
Tue 22 May 2018
Reading – Sub 89
Wed 23 May 2018
Leicester – Dryden Street Social
Thu 24 May 2018
Birmingham – 02 Academy
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