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Album Review: Peace – Kindness Is the New Rock and Roll

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Following three massive singles in the run-up to the album, Kindness Is the New Rock and Roll is the Birmingham band’s most outspoken yet – putting their lovable message at the forefront of an increasingly political world.

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Whilst their last album, Happy People, exceeded their small indie band status, does the third installment after a three-year silence pick them up where they left off? I’d say so.

Beginning with second pre-released single ‘Power’, one of their most confrontational, anthemic tracks to date, the album is set up with an initial blast of confidence; despite a significant part of the record focussing on the struggles of mental health. The title track declares a gospel-backed positivity, then by track five we are greeted by the passionate ‘From Under Liquid Glass’ – an incredibly revealing track with notable relatability in the lyric “I’m left alone with my big fuckin’ head”. ‘Magnificent’ showcases Harry Koisser’s duality perfectly: an ideal frontman with a heady mix of edge, fashion credibility, and undoubtable down-to-earthness. The track belts out “don’t give up on me just yet”, while the chords of ‘Angel’ follow in an anxious tone.

Still, given the subject matter of these noted tracks, there’s something unexpectedly euphoric in the soaring voice of Koisser.

‘You Don’t Walk Away From Love’ is described by the band as a track “about the colours of the heart that live under the cool pastels and monochrome chequers”, standing as one of the most upbeat in the entirety of the album. Strutting on a singular guitar line, the proud track is a parading triumph.

So, while the Birmingham band’s previous two albums have built Peace’s name off a fizzing energy to create their own tie-dye indie world, the latest record shows a different type of progression. Peace took to Instagram on the day of release saying, “I mean, some of you may find the new sounds tricky, but the same fuckers who claimed they’d lost interest after '1998' ended up on shoulders for 'World Pleasure' in the end anyway”.

Though it might be lacking the indie floorfillers we’ve become accustomed to with tracks like ‘Bloodshake’ and ‘Lost on Me’; even in its rawest moments, Kindness Is The New Rock And Roll has an undeniable optimism.

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