Posted on March 6, 2013
We’ve heard so much about bands declared as the new Vampire Weekend or the new Foals but let’s be honest, who wants to be defined as a secondary version of an indie band that’s gone before them? Well the comparisons can stop for Peace. The Birmingham-born quartet are bringing their own fresh slant to indie rock ‘n’ roll. After being nomination for BBC’s Sound of 2013 Award as well as performing alongside Django, Django and the Palma Violets on the NME Award’s Tour. We caught up with the band’s songwriter Harrison to talk music, shiny things and Gordon Ramsay.
How did Peace come to be?
I guess Peace materialized as the product of four musically enchanted boys subscribing to a lifestyle of work, rest and play at a somewhat irregular ratio. In other words, it’s a bit of right place, right time. I met Dominic in the street when he tried to engage me in battle. We became friends eventually & started making music. I brought in my brother Sam on bass & Dom brought in his friend Doug on guitar. Magical.
What’s the inspiration behind the band and it’s music?
I guess the whole thing is quite “us”. We always stayed true to what we are as individuals. We try and keep it natural. The music is kind of just the music we want to make now. Who knows what’ll happen in the future. Sometimes it’s best to keep a bit of a vacant mind about yourself. Go with the flow or whatever.
How would you describe your sound?
I’d describe it as a sort of messy, groovy thing. We like the guitars to make cool and weird noises and the bass and drums to really lock in and make exciting shapes. I guess as a songwriter I like to write honest, real songs that It wouldn’t be hard to connect with as a real person.
What music do you listen to on the road?
Dom seems to always have a new variety of South American psychedelic rock to put on in the van. I like to listen to calming ocean sounds or rainforest ambiance.
What’s the best gig you’ve ever played?
Who would you most love to collaborate with?
Someone like Gordon Ramsay. I’m sure he’d bring something new to the studio.
How would you describe your style?
I think our style is a bit whatever. I can never work it out. I steal most of my clothing from my girl or my friends so it’s a bit of everything. I always wanted to mix Jimmy Page c.1973 & David Beckham c1998 but I’m not sure if I ever got there.
What are your must-haves when touring?
Something shiny. My suitcase is full of sparkly things.
If you weren’t musicians what would you be?
Who are you looking forward to seeing on the NME tour?
Catch the awesome foursome at a four night residency at Birthday’s in Dalston and watch their newest video and single ‘Follow Baby’ that’ lands March 24th (just a day before the album In Love) below.