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Monday 12 February 2018

Power: Peace Sell Out NME Awards Show & Unveil Brand New Single

Indie rock quartet Peace have released stand-alone track, Power, a unifying anthem between the band and their fans at their notoriously raucous and tribal live shows; this is Peace 2.0; new label, new tunes and a sure fire statement of intent from the four-piece.
Peace Pic (c) Jonnie Craig 2018

"Hey wake up and smell the lavender!" the song begins, with the sprawl of full-blown guitars and fruity rhythms that will please any long-standing fan of the Delicious EP

This is the sound of Peace with expanded, clearer horizons. Produced by Simone Felice (The Lumineers, Bat For Lashes) in the mountains of Woodstock, USA, Power was inspired by an enormous lightning storm that took place over the valley one night. 

About the song, singer Harry Koisser says:

"I watched a giant, pulsating, lightning bolt land near the farmhouse and I instantly associated it with the electricity and power of the kids we'd been quaking with for the last five years at our shows.


"I was inspired to write a song that was answer to their question. I guess it ended up being a call to arms. 

"Power is a song about booting down the door to delirious glory & charging heart first into the worldwide banquet of love"

Last December Peace released From Under Liquid Glass, their first piece of music since their 2015 album Happy People

Released in support of the mental health research charity MQ, the song was well received and is frontman Harry Kossier's most vulnerable statement to date - an examination of his experiences with anxiety and mental health struggles.

"Emerging from a quiet period with new song, 'From Under Liquid Glass' Peace are urging us to talk and be honest about mental health, in support of research-based charity MQ. 

Peace will play their first live date of 2018 at London Omeara as part of the NME Awards shows. CLICK HERE for more info.

by: Mike Cobley




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