Review #46: Peace – Happy People

Artist – Peace
Album – Happy People (2015)

Check it out – https://open.spotify.com/album/0R8N0ybzoUuGoONT98zWmL

Peace are an indie-rock band from Worcester, UK. Peace were picked up very early by magazines such as the NME, whom compared them to bands like Vampire Weekend and The Maccabees. The band went on to release their first album ‘In Love’ which featured the single ‘Wraith’. This album gained them further success and a headline spot on Dot to Dot festivals lineup. Peace now follow up that album with 2015s release ‘Happy People’.

As the album title suggests this album has a happy tone throughout, whether its the subject matter, catchy guitar riffs or upbeat drums. One of the factors that drew me to Peace’s music (specifically this album) is their understanding of the importance of a catchy guitar riffs, when bands aren’t necessarily writing them. Peace were set to play Boardmasters festival in Newquay last year. Unfortunately a hurricane cancelled their performance, but that setting i feel is Peace’s sound … summmer, festivals, sun. The lyrical content on pretty much all songs sounds effortless and without cliché, on a few songs even created catchy lines and chorus hooks that stick after a few listen throughs (the key for any songwriter). The songs that stuck out for me were ‘Someday’, which sways away slightly from the indie-band style to a more acoustic singer-songwriter style, and ‘Happy People’, the title track which really shows of what i mean by a summer band … actually saying summer a few times in the lyrics.

Overall ‘Happy People’ is an enjoyable fun album. It contains catchy riffs and choruses which hopefully will stick in the listeners memory. It really feels like a summer album to me, so would have been nice for it to have been released a little later. Then again i can always come back to it in a couple months time … fingers crossed they’ll be brought back to Boardmasters 2015

7/10

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