Peace haven’t even got an EP out, but they’re already touring Europe with the Manic Street Preachers – not bad for a bunch of Birmingham lads who’d rather be listening to Madonna on a boat.
How did you guys all meet?
I met Sam in 1991. He’s my brother and is a pretty great guy so we’ve hung out basically ever since then. Dom and Doug met in high school and were in a funk band together. I met Dom at college and he didn’t like me but then we fell in love over Zeppelin and doing naughty things. It took a few years to happen but eventually all the pieces slowly drifted together, ideas became reality and Peace became a real thing.
How would you describe your music?
We used to get really boggled over sounding too funky or housey or classic rock or modern psychedelic space pop or whatever. I guess actually it doesn’t really matter as long as you’re having a great time. I think of our music as citrus, sexy, bendy and wet.
You guys have been hugely hyped by magazines like NME. How does that make you feel?
It’s very flattering. My mum loves it. I was just in the supermarket with her, actually, and she tried to leave an NME open on the shelf displaying a picture of me. What a weirdo. No, my mother is lovely. Love you mam.
Why the name Peace?
It was just always something with us as people. We’re probably a lot less hippy now compared to our 17 year-old selves. But I guess that’s just having tasted the real world. Nah, we love the real world. Basically it just made sense.
The Birmingham music scene’s been blowing up of la
te – what’s in the water over there?
Mephedrone & K Cider. No, I’m sure it’s just because everyone is a total legend and having a laugh and doing their thing.
Do you hang with lots of other Brummie bands? Could you recommend a few other Btown bands?
I hang with Cavan from Swim Deep a lot, I went to college with Austin too. They’re all babes. I miss all the boys from Troumaca, they’re all legends but I haven’t seen them in too long. Everyone’s so busy at the moment. There’s a band called JAWS who are cool, Heavy Waves, Wide Eyed. I just let Wide Eyed use my house to record some drums actually. It’s all good.
Where do you feel most at peace?
On boats listening to Madonna.
We’ve heard you set off fireworks during gigs, you paint the walls of venues – do you like playing live?
Live shows are really important to us. It’s like the whole thing isn’t real without it. Especially when reality involves flames, 1000 oranges or a party cannon or something.
What’s the weirdest or worst gig you’ve ever played?
The weirdest/worst show we ever played was in Brighton during Great Escape. We wanted to play on a boat and our friend “borrowed” the keys to her dad’s speedboat. We actually never ended up playing. We just had a party and listened to techno and drank rum and then like the NME came and loads of people and it was weird because we didn’t even play.
What are you guys working on right now?
Trying to write an album I guess. Trying to not sit around watching Jim Carrey movies and stuff. Preparing for our tour later this year. It should all be fine. I hope.
Peace’s first EP, Delicious, is out on 9th September. peaceforeverever.co.uk
Words: Zing Tsjeng