Peace and Luls played a very special show for the Club NME party at KOKO on New Year’s Eve. Our photographer went backstage to capture some of the night’s best moments as the bands saw out 2012 in style.
Harrison Koisser takes time out for the first of many pre-match cigarettes before the Birmingham band’s biggest headline show to date.
Peace are left hanging by the telephone ahead of their storming 40-minute set. They came on just after the New Year celebrations at midnight.
Now that’s chain-smoking. Like the Olympic cauldron or Morrissey’s night lamp, this is a light that never goes out.
Lead singer Harrison Koisser was sporting a festively green, sequinned outfit for the occasion – which nicely offset his bright red drink. Who needs baubles?
Peace hold court backstage as they make full use of their New Year’s Eve rider. Good preparation for joining Palma Violets, Miles Kane and Django Django on the NME Awards Tour next month, kicking off on February 7 in Newcastle and winding up at London’s Brixton Academy on February 23.
“Who wants to see my impression of a Christmas tree?” asks Harrison Koisser, preparing to face-off with KOKO’s mammoth glitter ball.
Peace opened with recent single ‘Wraith’ before tearing through the entirety of debut EP ‘Delicious’ as well as previous single ‘Follow Baby’ and B-side ‘Lil’ Echo’.
The band, who were in typically jovial spirits, also broke into the chorus of Cyndi Lauper hit ‘True Colours’, sparking a crowd singalong, before continuing with the rest of the set.
Peace then played an anthemic new track entitled ‘Toxic’, which they introduced as: “One from our album”, which is due to be released this spring. The track had received its first public airing at the group’s Christmas hometown show.
The cover of Peace’s ‘Delicious’ EP showed a picture of half a watermelon cut into shapes that strongly resembled the international sign for peace, which we at NME described as looking “right juicy, and hints at the tropicalness lurking in the four Peace tunes within.”
“People have said we’re an inspiration for them starting a band,” bassist Sam Koisser told us incredulously back in March. “It’s ridiculous.”
What better possible way to see in the new year than with a Club NME party? No wonder everyone looks so happy.
Peace have described themselves as one third of a “tri force” in Brummie indie – completed by the city’s other rising heroes Swim Deep and Troumaca. This makes Peace the poster boys for the UK’s most promising new scene.
NME Reviews Editor Tom Howard called ‘Ocean’s Eye’: “two minutes of Pulp at their creepiest and randiest, but twisted into something roguish and chaotic.”
We said of ‘Bloodshake’ that its “guitars and bongo-infused drums are as colourful as a pineapple, papaya and mango salad, and give way to singer Harry Koisser demanding: “Spit blood at the sun, spit blood in the ocean”.”
‘California Daze’, meanwhile, is a softer love song about a girl who “tastes like sunlight”.
A party isn’t a real party without balloons. Lots and lots and lots of festively-coloured balloons.
Our review of ‘1998 (Delicious)’ pointed out that it takes “Binary Finary’s trance classic of the same name and turn it into a post-rock monster that’s 10 million times more exciting than any Explosions In The Sky song ever. It builds and teases before bursting into an earful of cymbals and wailing its way to a messy finale.”
Our review of the ‘Delicious’ EP concluded that it’s: “Clever, confident, ambitious. All of it.” before awarding it a coveted score of 9/10. So they’ve got that going for them.
At one London gig Peace once finished their set by setting off fireworks, but fortunately for the good people of KOKO this time they saved the explosions for their music.
We’re sure there were more than a few hardcore fans in attendance, given that the band already garnered a support network of the obsessed who turn up at gigs with peace tattoos and logos shaved into their heads.
Hopefully they avoided the very-ex fan from Leeds who is reportedly after their blood after an altercation over some cider.
Frontman Harrison once got him and his friends a week off school to clean up a canal. “I think we just picked up beer cans,” he remembers, adding: “I want to save the British canal system.”
Peace are keen fishermen, and are picture here comparing the size of recent catches with like-minded fans. Her’s is definitely the biggest.
He looks cool now, but Harrison tripped over his own feet just moments later.
Happy New Year! (Spot the snoggers)
When featuring support band Luls in the NME Buzz section, we said they “swing from the otherworldly glint of Wild Beasts to full-on terrace-anthem singalongs.”
Luls didn’t want to be overshadowed on New Year’s Eve, and gave a storming performance.
Luls already have impressive live chops, having toured with the likes of Spector and Swim Deep.
They say you should start the New Year as you mean to go on With great bands like Peace and Luls rocking out at Club NME, that’s mission accomplished.