Peace are on their way Sheffield when I call them. They’ve just begun their first tour in years and only a week prior gifted us with their third album Kindness Is The New Rock And Roll. The record sounds as if they have become the band that Peace were always destined to be. Frontman Harry Koisser fills me in on how both himself and the band have transformed during their lull and ironically; how the twain found peace.
It’s undeniable that Peace have dedicated fans. If you’re lucky you’ll spot cult members in the wild donning hand poked tattoos of the band’s lyricism. Last week Peace headlined Liverpool Sound City and I’m told the anticipation from the crowd was hard to ignore… “Afterwards they seemed to want round two but we had nothing left to give”.
Arguably, the band took a lot of risks when creating this album, comparative to its predecessors. Peace have both a new label and new management, and they even ditched the UK rock scene when writing this album. Harry Koisser spent about a year hiding in a haunted farmhouse in a forest in which his typical day juxtaposed almost directly from his rockstar life.
“I’d wake up at about 6am, stroll through the forest, attempt to learn elvish, sit under a tree, scribble in a notepad, would usually make some sort of stew, something very homely and warming, break bread together, make music together all through the afternoon and then in the evening Dominique would put on alternative music in the kitchen, maybe whip up some gin and tonics, and then we’d have a few of those, make some more music, and then that’s pretty much it. Time to go to bed and do it all again.”