The British indie rock band, Peace, portrays the classic image of teenage angst in its debut album, In Love. Out of sheer boredom, brothers Harrison and Sam Koisser formed the band in 2009 with two of their college friends, Douglas Castle and Dominic Boyce. The four chose the name Peace for their band because of a photograph celebrating the end of World War II. Since their impromptu beginning, fans and reviewers raved over Peace’s music, calling the band “the future of indie” and praising its edgy tone.
Their new album, In Love, is no exception to these acclamations. It exhibits their energetic and dissonant sound. Throughout the album, a pressing beat drives the songs forward while sharp guitar notes weave in and out. The album’s upbeat rhythm and rebellious attitude are similar to that of R.E.M., Sugar Ray, and Matchbox Twenty who gained popularity in the 1990’s. More recently, though, many reviewers compared Peace’s music to that of the indie band Foals, and this album is no different. However, while the two bands do sound similar, the voices of the lead vocalists are very different and Peace is less electronic and more rock than Foals. Clearly, Peace discovered a timeless sound that it shares with many other popular musicians.
Not only is the rebellious sound popular and representative of teenage angst, so are the lyrics. All ten songs illustrate the hearts of teenagers around the world, singing things like, “I don’t wanna go to school” and “I don’t wanna make no sense.” The album talks about love, girls, education, and independence. With lyrics like these, the album is bound to be popular. If you pair that with a driving beat and edgy guitar, In Love will surely be a worldwide hit.
To listen to Peace’s debut album, In Love, visit https://soundcloud.com/p-e-a-c-e