Gig review: Peace at B:Music Birmingham Town Hall

Brum Radio arranged for tickets to review this gig.

Indie sensation, Peace, return in lavish style with their hometown show in Birmingham.

By Peter Donnelly

Peace bring an emphatic night filled with nostalgic indie rock, stunning visuals and beautiful auras to B:Music Birmingham Town Hall.

Peace are an indie rock band from Worcester. Originally a four-piece, after an unannounced hiatus since the 2018 album Kindness Is The New Rock And Roll. The band returned as a two-piece back in March 2023 with nothing but a photo of brothers Harry and Sam Koisser in the back of a black cab.

This unexpected announcement rocked the indie world across the UK, especially here in the Midlands. So much so, that this photo has racked up nearly 4000 likes and 200 comments on Instagram alone.

With still no official announcement, fans were eagerly awaiting an update from the Koisser brothers.

Since this unofficial announcement, the pair announced two come-back shows in May of this year. The first at The Louisiana in Bristol and the second being XOYO (formally known as The Mill) which sold out in a matter of days. What really puts the perspective into the excitement being created around the forever-awaited return of Peace is their UK Tour. Announced a week before they’d even played their first show back as a duo!

As Peace were set to take to the stage, an ominous yet promising introduction thumped through the Town Hall speakers. Perfectly reverberating into the ear canals of avid fans waiting to see what first song of Peace’s four album discography would grace their ears first. The brothers walk on in the most weather-appropriate clothing with long overcoats and Harry even sporting a furry trapper hat.

The wait was finally over when the first note of Bloodshake hit. An infectious, indie classic which instantly had everyone in the audience jumping along to the bouncy rhythmic guitars and drum-led beat. From here on, Peace had encapsulated the entirety of the Town Hall. Creating a dreamy, yet high-energy atmosphere.

Peace UK Tour

Featuring unreleased songs from their new album Utopia like Happy Cars and Polly With The Perfect Hair. The now two-piece had everything to offer to their fans alongside Peace classics such as Lovesick and Delicious.

Not only did they play the most anticipated songs, Peace also opted to include laraoke in their encore. With none other than Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream, audience member Tilly launched to the stage to have the time of her life. Singing along with her favourite band.

It’s safe to say that Peace really have returned to Birmingham and the world with only the Big Bang itself being bigger!

You can listen to Peace’s latest single Happy Cars from the album Utopia on Spotify now. But to hear the full album without seeing them live, you’re going to have to wait a while.