Artist Spotlight: Peace

By Patrick Doss

Merriam-Webster defines peace as “a state in which there is no war or fighting”. This word, used so often to describe a seemingly impossible goal, is now associated with a spectacular Indie-Rock band from Worchester, England.

        Peace was formed in August of 2009 under the name November and the Criminal. The members include Harry “Harrison” Koisser (vocals, guitar, and keyboards), Douglas Castle (guitar), Dominic “Dom” Boyce (drums and vocals), and Samuel Koisser (bass and vocals). Their first album release was a self-titled EP in March of 2010. A change in their musical style inspired a change in the band’s name in October of 2010 .              
        In July of 2010, the band was listed on BBC critic Andy O’Hare’s top ten list of the musical year. A year and a half later, in January of 2012, the band released their first track under the name Peace, entitled “Bblood”. Later that year, on the 7th of September, the band released their EP, EP Delicious. On this extended play, is my personal favorite Peace track, “Bloodshake”. 
        They recorded their debut album, In Love, in November of 2012 and it was released on March 25, 2013. The album received mediocre to good reviews. Eve Barlow of the British music journal, NME, gave it a score of 9/10 while Alexis Petridis of The Guardian gave a score of 2 out of 5 stars.
In August of 2014, the band played at the Reading & Leeds festivals and opened for bands like Foster the People, and Arctic Monkeys. The band will release their second album, Happy People,on February 9, 2015. As Ball State’s premier entertainment news source, The Reel Deal will certainly have a review for it.