Peace say new song ‘I’m A Girl’ was inspired by Emma Watson’s ‘He For She’ speech

Frontman Harry Koisser says song was inspired by gender stereotypes

Peace have revealed that their new song ‘I’m A Girl’ from upcoming album ‘Happy People’ was inspired by actress Emma Watson’s “He For She” speech about gender equality.

In the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, frontman Harry Koisser explains how he began thinking about gender stereotypes after he found himself unable to identify with modern lad culture.

“Once, I was waiting for someone on Digbeth High Street, wearing a fur coat,” Koisser recalls. “Two Irish guys came up to me and were like, ‘You’re a queer, come here and let me kick you in your balls.’ So many things you can tell me to come here for and I will, but not that.”

He adds: “I think ‘I’m A Girl’ is a bit regressive, though – I think I was thinking how I used to feel. Now I’ve just learnt to live with it.”

It was previously reported that Koisser has also spoken about criticisms aimed at Peace for the retro sounds in their 2013 debut album ‘In Love’. “We were being compared to all these bands I’d never heard of. But I also spend so much of my time thinking about what was better. Does it even matter? It’s actually in the past. Why do we care so much?” he says.

Peace release ‘Happy People’ on February 9. The album was produced by Jim Abbiss and Duncan Mills and features the singles ‘Lost On Me’, ‘Money’ and ‘World Pleasure’. The band is currently in a middle of a UK tour that will continue in Nottingham tomorrow (February 5) and ends in Brighton on March 27.

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