Coming in from Birmingham, England is Next Big Band of the Week, Peace. This four-piece, making their U.S. debut on Wednesday with a free show at Pianos then over at Glasslands, have a couple of credentials to note. As you probably saw, they are one of the 15 finalists for BBC Sound of 2013. Then, they will head off with Django Django, Palma Violets and Miles Kane on the ever popular NME Awards Tour. So, they come in with a decent CV.
During their quick 25-30 minute set, I was going back and forth on whether I was digging their sound. I do agree with the BBC assessment, they seem to be figuring out what type of band they are, or maybe they just want to everything to everybody. That tends to happen with bands who come out of the gate roaring. The next reaction can be, "Nice, now what you got?" Their EP, Delicious, has an epic 10-minute jam called "1998" that did win me over. It's a song that Oasis wish they could have made early on.
Their sound leans towards the early jangly BritPop sound of the Stone Roses and Ride. You can catch that wacka-ja-wacka-ja guitar riff in some songs. They have a spot on guitarist, who reminded of the early days of Editors, those high-pitched, wailing riffs. I have a feeling that whatever they do in the future, it will be greared towards the loud and over-the-top.
In all, not bad, I see why the NME loves them for their brashness in excess. I'm not 100% sold on them, so I do need see them with some more potent songs then just huge jams.