They are the darlings of NME and have been riding high on a wave of fan adoration ever since the release of debut album In Love last year, yet Peace’s first foray into Worthing found them performing to a slightly more than half-full Pavilion Theatre last night (Friday, June 13).
The band that hit the stage backed by the Led Zeppelin classic Whole Lotta Love was a more mature and confident Peace than the one I watched perform at a packed Concorde 2 in Brighton last year. The tunes were tighter, the sound quality better and it made for a great performance.
Frontman Harrison Koisser oozed with rock-n-roll swagger and charisma, regularly taking the time to interact with the adoring fans going crazy at his feet. The audience, for the most-part, was made up of a rabid throng of teens visibly excited to be part of such an intimate show.
The band’s 12-song hour-long set included three songs from their soon-to-be-released second album. New single Money, the Stone Roses-esque World Pleasure (musically, at least) and the unfamiliar yet funky Lost on Me all went down well.
The crowd went suitably nuts for Peace classics Wraith and Bloodshake, while there was the obligatory lighters in the air moment when the band performed California Daze.
When I first found out the band were going to play in Worthing I was more than a little surprised – it’s not often that the town is graced by a modern youthful act of Peace’s calibre.
But with the band’s much-anticipated second album set to drop and, presumably, catapult them to stardom, it’s unlikely they will return to Worthing again. Although with Koisser’s declaration that Worthing ‘is a sick place’ and ‘I’m going to move here’ who knows what the future holds.
Support came courtesy of melodic pop-rockers Big Deal who I would definitely recommend checking out.