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5 ‘New’ Artists You Should Check out At Manchester’s Dot To Dot Festival

Another year of Dot to Dot, another list of names to wade through. Even though the plethora of acts may seem overwhelming, there is no need to worry. Because here at Nothing Left Unsaid, we’ve always got your back. We’ve done all the work for you and have listened to everything that the line-up has to offer. However, this isn’t going to be a list of acts that you already know like Mystery Jets and The Temper Trap. This is THE list of five ‘new’ artists that you should check out at this year’s Manchester Dot to Dot Festival.

 

FEWS

Quick question, do you like DIIV? If the answer is yes, then FEWS are the band you must check out this Friday. With their dark pulsating basslines, sharp melodies and reverb soaked vocals, FEWS will be one of this year’s highlights. Also their album Means happens to be one of the best debuts released so far this year, which is rather good isn’t it?

What Time? 22:30 – 23:00

Where? AATMA (Formally Kraak) (18+)

For fans of DIIV, Beach Fossils

 

Day Wave

Creative outlet of Oakland born Jackson Phillips, Day Wave is the one act that you really can’t afford to miss at this year’s festival (unless you’re under 18, whoops). Having recently released his second EP Hard To Read, Phillips’ jangly indie dream pop is some of the most exciting new music you’ll hear at the festival. Plus, where else are you going to hear a sublime cover of New Order’s Ceremony this Friday?

What Time? 18:45 – 19:15

Where? Soup Kitchen (18+)

For fans of The Drums, Horsebeach

 

Liss

It’s approaching nine o’clock and you’ve overdosed on indie. Well guess what? We know exactly what you need in your life, some Danish pop right? Well you’re in luck because Liss are about to start at Soup Kitchen. So grab your mate Gary, who’s itching to dance, and prepare him for the time of his life. Liss’ sound is so lavish and sparkling, you’ll fall in love with them instantly. If you don’t, then you’re boring and don’t deserve to be partying with your mate Gary.

What Time? 20:45 – 21:15

Where? Soup Kitchen (18+)

For fans of getting funky with their mate Gary.

 

Góða Tungl

One aspect of Dot to Dot that gets celebrated each year, is their focus on shining a light on new local talent. This year is no different, with Manchester band Góða Tungl leading the line. From the shuffling Shaba, to the American Football-esque Drive, Góða Tungl’s infectious math rock will be one to tell the kids about.

What Time? 18:30 – 19:00

Where? Kosmonaut (18+)

For fans of Foals (Antidotes Era), American Football (well sort of…)

 

Pale Waves

Ah Dot to Dot 2013, a time where B-Town bands reigned supreme. From Peace, JAWS and Superfood, it was a much simpler time. Still wanting to capture the reverb drenched glitter phenomenon? Well get down to Pale Waves. Another Manchester band, Pale Waves have picked up the B-Town baton and are running through the sunny streets of Mancunia with it.

What Time? 19:15 – 19:45

Where? Central Methodist Hall (14+)

For fans of JAWS, BREEZE

 

 

Liam Egan

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‘FLESH – NOT GNA’ Track Review

When I spoke to FLESH back in May, conversation about their next single was kept at a minimum because as bassist Hazza put it “That would be giving it away wouldn’t it?”. Same went for their upcoming tour plans. That’s all changed now as they are heading out on a full UK tour in September and this morning they released new single NOT GNA onto the world. For those unknown to FLESH, let me give you the #lowdown. Hailing from Manchester, the self-confessed pioneers of snotpop are certainly not the type of band you tell your grandparents about. From getting one of their mates onstage at gigs and making himself sick to said mate actually drinking that sick, FLESH do want they want really. Tapping into to 90s Manchester/Britpop scene but adding a 2k15 feel to it, FLESH’s music is exactly what the music scene needs right now.

Let’s get talking about NOT GNA then.  NOT GNA comes swaggering in as new drummer Conor supplies an insanely catchy and danceable beat that turns anyone listening into the next Bez. Vocalist Robbie snarls throughout and delivers the lyrics with such a strong Manc accent that it would give Liam Gallagher a run for his money. Wicked and whaling guitar solos are littered all along the track by lead guitarist Jon, who has recently moved from drumming duties to the six string. Bassist Hazza adds to what Conor is laying down with some chunky and beefy basslines that really emphasise the band’s similarities to the late 80s/early 90s MADchester scene. NOT GNA is grungy, massive, mean and, most importantly, mint.

As I mentioned earlier, FLESH are on a full UK tour in September so you all should head down because it’s obviously going to be sick. Link to tickets are below, along with the bands social media.

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http://www.seetickets.com/artist/flesh/1029071

Twitter – @LUVFLESHH

Facebook – FLESH

Instagram – @LUVFLESHH

Liam Egan

Model Aeroplanes Interview

Well what a bloody stressful day I was having. Interviewing Breeze and FLESH, *cough* you can check those out on here *cough*, and running around Manchester trying to get to to every act at Dot to Dot. But y’know what, I deserve some rest sometimes. So I met up Dundee indie quartet Model Aeroplanes in one of Manchester’s many fine drinking establishments, the Blue Brick Club to be exact.

Firstly welcomes to Manchester, how have you found it so far?

Rory – Thank you very much.
Ben – It’s so nice.
Kieran – The bouncers down here are so much nicer compared to the ones up north.
Rory – We’re very much enjoying much. We’ve only been here an hour and a bit but we’re loving it.

So you’ve got quite a late set tonight, any nerves?

Ben –  We won’t have any nerves because we’ll be steamin’.
Kieran – I think we’re all pretty buzzin’ for it, it’ll be a good show.
Rory – It’s nice to be playing a let set because usually we’re just rushing about all day and kind of job done but I’m looking forward to it.

You’re supporting Saint Raymond, that should be a big gig. You looking forward to it?

Grant – It’s going to be a big show.
Rory – It’s at Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Kieran – Apparently it’s a really nice venue.
Ben – Callum is a really nice guy, so we’re really thankful for him having us on.
Grant – I think it’s a really good milestone for us to be playing that venue.

Your latest single is Deep In The Pool, what can you tell me about the track?

Rory – Well…
Ben – It’s a song.
Rory – It kind of started when, just for fun, we tried to write a really corny 80s montage song. It had like a key change in it, it was pretty 80s. But it kind of made a little tangent and it ended up how it is. I’m quite happy with it and I think it’s a sign of things to come from us. We’re trying to diverse ourselves a wee bit. Some people still say it sounds upbeat but I don’t think it is.

Where did you record it?

Ben – We recorded it with two guys down in Hertfordshire, which is the poshest place in the world. Two guys called One Bit and they are like electronic dance music producers, they’re really easy to work with and they totally get us.
Rory – They get us, we get them, sick humour, disgusting chats.
Kieran – Off the chain man.
Rory – It’s actually Joe’s birthday today, so Happy Birthday Joe.
Ben, Grant & Kieran – Happy Birthday Joe!

You were at The Great Escape Festival, how was that?

Rory – We brought the Scottish weather, it was fucking mingin’.
Kieran – It was brilliant, pretty crazy. Like we had heard that it was meant to be off the chain but we didn’t expect it to be as crazy as that.
Ben – Pretty dank.
Grant – Yeah it was a good festival. Obviously it is pretty industry orientated but people just let their hair and go a bit mental, it was nice.
Rory – I think we were a lot more nervous going into it then we should have been, was good fun.
Kieran – All the gigs we did we really busy and we got a good reception, so we can’t ask for anything more really.

Earlier in the year you supported Little Comets and with them they seem to chose support acts who go on to be being really successful, with The 1975 and Catfish & the Bottlemen as examples. Are you hoping you could possibly mirror that?

Rory – Yeah, it probably is just a streak of luck. With Little Comets, they’re such a good band and I think that’s the key. They’ve got the right fans who really enjoy being at their shows. Before the tour where we supported them this year, we supported them when Catfish were supporting in Scotland for one show. So that’s been nice to move up a slot. We got to meet Catfish before they exploded, so that was good. It’s a nice wee family .

In terms of new music, when are we likely to hear to some new material?

Kieran – We’re currently doing a lot of writing at the moment.
Grant – We’re not too sure, I think to just keep writing is the most important part.
Rory – It’s not even writing, I think we’re evolving right now. Before we used to just fire songs out and do it really spontaneously but what we’ve been doing recently is sitting down and getting into the total atoms of the song. I think we take a lot more care now and think that’s what you get from touring and maturing as a band. Without giving anything away because we don’t know what we’re doing yet but we’ll be doing some sort of body of work.

Finally, what does the rest of the year hold for you?

Ben – We’ll be down in England loads, boycotting Scotland a wee bit. We’ll just see what the year holds for us, continue to build and grow.
Rory – What Ben meant to say was that “We’re going to be the biggest fucking band on the planet”. Nah I think it’s just abou growth for this year.
Grant – Write as much as we can, make as many fans as we can.
Rory – We don’t want to jump onto some wave or roller coaster, we just want to take it as it comes.

Big thanks to all of Model Aeroplanes for the interview and good luck for your gig supporting Saint Raymond tonight.

Liam Egan

 

FLESH Interview

‘GET 2 GULLIVERS MANC PEEPS WE’RE ON NOW TILL 8!!!!!!! R PRAYERS HAV BEEN ANSWERED’, this is what Manchester quartet FLESH tweeted after they missed their original Dot to Dot slot due to heavy traffic. So with my press pass and notepad in hand, I ran 4356 miles across Manchester to reach Gullivers. Only managing to make it for their final track, FLESH’s snotpop was on top form. After their set finished, I caught up with Hazza, Robbie and Jon and talked about drinking sick to what it’s like supporting Peace.

So after rushing up from London and missing you’re original planned slot, you managed to finally get on stage here at Gullivers, how do you think it went?

Hazza – Yeah it went really good. We were really stuck in traffic, so we got held up fucking loads. Then we got off the motorway and we were like ‘Yeah yeah, we’re on it’ then this guy has got this steam tractor and he’s going like four miles an hour and he’s holding up everyone, I was getting proper proper stressed out. Then we got here and they were like ‘we’ll see what we can do’ and we were like   ‘we’re really sorry’. We then got asked if we could make it to Gullivers in seven minutes and were like ‘Yeah, we’re on it’. We came down and played a mini set, it’s good to be here.
Jon – It went alright seeing it was pretty last minute. ‘Play here in seven minutes’ and we were like ‘sound’.
Robbie – So we ran here, got our shit out and I think we got it together alright.
Jon – Yeah and there was quite a few people here too. We were proper stoked to get another slot, we would have been so gutted.
Hazza – So yeah, big love to DHP.
Robbie – Yeah shout out to DHP for sorting it out for us, it’s wicked.

You had a Bez like dude dancing at front, who was that?

Hazza – That’s our mate Joe, he’s from Stoke but he lives wherever he wants I suppose. He’s always around so we sometimes get him on stage and he gets it going. The last couple of gigs he has come up on stage and started throwing up, he likes drinking sick. So yeah that’s pretty cool.

You’ve had quite a packed month, how do you feel it’s gone so far?

Hazza – It’s been alright k’now, we do it all in our drummer’s BMW and that’s nice. But it’s been a packed month and we’ve carrying around a lot of shit because we do it all ourselves. Apart from today it’s been pretty easy and to be honest today didn’t end up even being that hard. It’s all going really well.
Robbie – It’s been really good. It’s been hectic obviously and we’ve had changeover in members for various reasons. But we’ve sorted it out and we’re having a good time.
Jon – It feels good to be this busy I think, playing up and down the country.
Robbie – It’s also an excuse to see our mates in other cities

You supported Peace back in March for three nights when they had their residency at The Deaf Institute, what did you learn from them gigs? Anything from Peace? 

Hazza – I learnt a lot of things, I think we all learnt a lot of things. We learnt that The Deaf Institute stage is a bit small… I kept hitting my head on the balcony. But yeah it was cool, we learnt a few things from Peace.
Robbie – Obviously with Peace they’re on it, they’re really good live.
Jon – We’ve learnt some vocal warm-ups from them.
Hazza – They have an interesting way of warming up, so we copy them.
Robbie – We’ve sounded better live ever since we started doing it.

You’re latest track is W8 4 ME, when can we see a follow up?

Hazza – That would be giving it away wouldn’t it?
Robbie – Secret for now but it’ll all be online soon though

Is it a track you play in your set?

Hazza – Maybe, might be.
Jon – Might not.

You’ve recently got a new drummer Conor, how have the shows gone with him as drummer?

Hazza –  They’ve been terrible…
Robbie
 – Nah like a dream, like a dream.
Hazza – Yeah they’ve gone fucking great, he’s an asset.
Jon – He’s solid man.
Hazza – Plus he’s got a BMW.
Robbie – He’s actually solid in general.
Hazza – Yeah yeah he’s hard as fuck, which all adds. Protection and all that.

So Jon, how has it gone switching from drums to being a guitarist? has it been weird at all?

Jon – Not really, I guess I’m a guitarist mainly anyway so it wasn’t a big step. I’ve played guitar in bands and stuff before and I think it feels more natural. I think it’s more fun too.

You’ve been compared to Oasis, Madchester bands and Weezer by people but is there any comparisons you’ve had that you’ve just completely disagreed with?

All at once – Goldie Lookin Chain
Hazza – Cos we’re not shitty Welsh Hip-Hop for a start. People just see tracksuits and think ‘Yeah, Goldie Lookin Chain’.
Robbie – Yeah some people may see the tracksuits on them and make the comparison. Tracksuits are cool man and they’re practical.
Hazza – The thing is, we don’t even wear full tracksuits… Just the tops… or the bottoms… but not together.

Finally, what are the plans for FLESH for the rest of 2015? If you can tell me

Jon – Can we give it away?
Robbie – Nah we can’t give anything away mate. We’ll just be cracking on with more gigs.
Hazza –  We can’t even tell you where we are going after this, there’s an injunction.
Robbie – We’ll be shooting a lot of stuff over the summer and getting ready to smash it out in September.
Hazza – We’ve been doing a lot of live shit recently, so we’re gonna calm it down, chill out and get some little recordings out.
Jon – We might go in record in the Caribbean I think…

Shout out to FLESH for finding time do to the interview during their busy schedule and if you know what’s right then you’ll check out their stuff down below.

https://www.facebook.com/luvflesh?fref=ts

http://www.luvflesh.co.uk/

https://twitter.com/LUVFLESHH

https://soundcloud.com/luvflesh

https://www.youtube.com/user/LUVFLESH

https://instagram.com/luvfleshh/

Liam Egan

Breeze Interview

Let me take you back to 2012, ah weren’t those simpler times. Breaking Bad still hadn’t finished, Years & Years weren’t polluting the airwaves and, most importantly, the B-Town scene was thriving. Peace and Swim Deep were bossing it and bands like JAWS and Superfood were just starting to build fanbases. It seemed like every week a new band would arise from the scene and be instantly hailed as ‘the next big thing’. But now it seems like the B-Town scene isn’t as prevalent as it was. Peace, Swim Deep, JAWS and Superfood have all flown the nest and 2015 seems a lot darker than what 2012 was. For starters Breaking Bad is over and everywhere we go we hear Years & Years, what a horrible world to live in. But wait a second, what’s this? Potentially a band to revive the B-Town scene? I met with Birmingham three piece Breeze before their Manchester and festival debut at Dot to Dot Festival and had a *inserts cheeky Nando’s emoji* chat.

Firstly welcome to Manchester, how are you finding it?

Paul – It’s amaze.
Josh – Everything is really close together, like you don’t have to walk miles.  Like literally you walk around one corner to one place and then I’ve got Google Maps out to find the next place and it’s only 2 minutes down the road.
Jack – As Josh said, everywhere i just 5 minutes away. You go out of one place and then you’re somewhere else, it’s sweet.
Josh – We got the venue at 1 and  we spoke to the guy, he didn’t have a clue what was going on… He said to us just stay in this square and you’ll find everything, so in that way it’s been great.

So being from Birmingham, you instantly get labelled to being in this ‘B-Town scene’. I was just wondering if you think the B-Town scene is still a thing?

Paul – It did die down for a little bit… As soon as Peace and Swim Deep signed to bigger labels, it definitely went quiet. I think JAWS did bring it back in a pretty big way. A lot of people have been saying B-Town for us, so we’re hoping to keep it going as long as we can.
Josh – A lot of Birmingham blogs who’ve made contact or speak about us, when we release a new song or announce a gig, it’s always ‘B-Town’ or ‘Fresh out of B-Town’ blah blah blah. NME as well a few weeks ago put us down as B-Town, so a lot of what we do is being put under that label.
Jack – I didn’t even know there was a B-Town scene until I joined these two…

Tracks like Sellotape and Bleach sound like JAWS, early Swim Deep and Huskies have all come together. This dreamy reverb sound, is this something you strived for or did it just happen?

Paul – When we first started messing around with sounds, it was all over the place. We always had reverb but at one point it was proper Maccabees and then we started going grungy, like Peace and JAWS-esque. Somehow it all mashed together into what we’ve got now.
Josh – It is good that people are relating us to Peace and JAWS because they ended up doing really well, so yeah that’s nice. We do sort of stick with the same vibe because when we got the first two songs out we couldn’t really change. When we first got together we got in a room and said let’s make a song like The Maccabees and it just wasn’t happening, it was just a pile of shit. Then somehow we got this out of it.

Bleach is your latest track, tell me a bit about it? Where did you record it?

Jack – Magic Garden in Wolverhampton.
Josh – Brilliant place.
Paul – Gaz and Joe who work there are amazing, they get us so well. We walk in and we’re like we want this kind of vibe and they’re like ‘yeah I got you’ and it’s done.
Josh – Our first track Dalliance is terrible quality. We recorded it in this place in Birmingham and it just wasn’t good at all. So after that we were really disappointed with how it came out so I messaged Connor from JAWS on Twitter saying we needed somewhere really good to record and he told us about Magic Garden, we’d never heard of it before. But now that we’ve been there, I don’t think we’d go anywhere else. They know exactly what they’re doing every time we go.

So when you record material, is there a set route that you take each time or isn’t a different process for each track?

Jack – I think the same.
Paul – Always drums first.
Jack – Yeah always drums first then we lay a little bit of guitar down.
Josh – We always record a rough demo before we record properly. Once we’ve got the basics of drums, two guitars and vocals laid down, we’re like ‘you know what, we’ll put some synth here’ and stuff like that.
Paul – It’s quite funny how we do that because we get the rough track and listen back to it and say ‘we sound shit, this is going to come out really shit’… We then leave it to Gaz and Joe to work their magic.
Josh –  There’s a KFC around the corner from the studio and every time we go there with our heads in our hands thinking we’ve done terrible. Then we go back and they’ve done whatever that they have done and it’s fucking brilliant.

You looking forward to playing later?

Jack – Yes!
Josh – I am now, I was really tired about an hour ago but now i’m getting the buzz. I’m excited, just anticipating how many people are going to show up.

Have you played Manchester before?

Jack – No never.
Paul – There’s always a good feeling about playing a new city because it’s whole new crowd that you’ve never played for before.
Josh – We played Camden at the end of March with a band that we know and they got us the support. That was easy one of the best times we’ve played.
Jack – I was a bit nervous going in to Camden but for some reason today I’m really looking forward to it

So when are we likely to see a next single?

Jack – EP next hopefully
Paul – We’re going to use Sellotape again as kind of the intro to it then two completely new tracks. By the time it’s released, summer will have gone so it’s going to be quite Sellotapey.
Josh – It’s going to be more downtone to Bleach.
Paul – Bleach is a summer track.
Josh – Sellotape is more downbeat, so we’re going with that sort of vibe for the EP. It should be four tracks.
Jack – If all goes to plan.
Paul – Speaking about the EP, we came up with THE most brilliant name for it today. We’re not going to say it but it’s absolutely brilliant.
Josh – We did have one name but a band we follow just released an album of the same name, so that’s out of the window. We literally were just walking around today and came up with a name.
Paul – We were literally pissing ourselves  for 5 minutes.
Josh – We were like ‘that sounds really good but also weird’ and people like weird don’t they?

I mentioned before some bands that you sound like before but who are you actually influenced by?

Jack – That’s probably that hardest question you could ask…
Paul  – We’ve all got three different music tastes.
Josh – When we first met I was listening to Gorillaz, Nirvana and obviously Maccabees. I suppose we were just a massive clash of music at first and it wasn’t going too well. For me personally, I really like The Cure and The Stone Roses and see them as influences. But yeah, Peace and JAWS have influenced us too just because they are from the same city I think.

What does the rest of the year hold for Breeze?

Paul – We know a little bit but it’s a bit scarce… We’ve been shortlisted for Truck Festival and Y NOT Festival.
Josh – We’ve been speaking to our promoters and they’re trying to get us on This Feeling sometime in November in Birmingham and London.
Paul – This fairly big band’s manager has been listening to our stuff and has said that they look forward to maybe working together in the future.
Josh – It’s all going really well, we’ve only been together for just under a year.
Jack – I’ve been in it for 10 months
Paul – It wasn’t really anything until you joined to be honest.
Josh – So it’s only been going properly for 9 months. This is our first festival, so we’re really excited.
Jack – We wouldn’t have thought we’d be seen in Manchester 9 months ago, we were sat in Paul’s loft back then.
Paul – We were still there a few months ago.
Jack – Yeah we do still sit in the loft because that’s were we practice.
Josh – Our first gig at the O2, that was massive for us playing in front of like 20 people. Now we’re playing Dot to Dot, which is one of the biggest Indie music festivals in the UK, and I can’t believe it man.

So you never know, B-Town may have it’s comeback. Now we just need to get Breaking Bad going again and somehow get rid of Years & Years and we’ll be back in 2012! Links to all of Breeze’s social media and music is below. Big thanks again to the Paul, Josh and Jack from Breeze for the interview and best of luck getting onto the Truck and Y NOT Festival line ups.

https://twitter.com/breezebanduk
https://soundcloud.com/breezeband

Liam Egan

‘The Maccabees – Marks To Prove It’ Track Review

“It’s recorded, we’re about to finish mixing next week and it’ll be out in a few months.”  That’s what The Maccabees had to say in February during the NME Awards when they were asked about their forthcoming album. Back in 2012, The Maccabees released their critically acclaimed album Given To The Wild and received a Mercury nod and since then they’ve been very quiet on the new music front. Well Maccabees fans rejoice because they’ve finally broken their silence and have released latest single Marks To Prove It.

With manic guitars from the offset that soar high into the stratosphere, this is The Maccabees returning at their best. Orlando’s vocals are still as spot on as always as they are sung over the frantic urgent melodies. Without any warning everything slows down as the band begin to recharge, so they can once again start their hectic offensive on the senses. Mixing elements from all three of their albums, The Maccabees have created a perfect balance to please all fans. Keys are then introduced which cause the track to descend like Alice falling into Wonderland. This juxtaposes the rising guitars, vocals and percussion, resulting in the two intertwining in a battle of who can take the forefront. With the organ coming out triumphant and closing the track, The Maccabees manage to capture and seize you in their spectacular musical brilliance. Striking, audacious and euphonious, The Maccabees once again display why they are one the best UK bands and show us that this wait was in fact worth it.

Liam Egan

Peace Live Review – Manchester, The Deaf Institute 14/03/2015

In the third and final night of Peace’s Manchester residency at The Deaf Institute, there was a euphoric vibe in the air. From the hardcore die-hard fans to the Happy People newbies, everyone was writhing with anticipation. But before Peace could bring the inevitable chaos, Manchester band Flesh had to take to the stage. With snarling Liam Gallagher-esque vocals and the bagginess of The Stone Roses, Flesh belted out a 30 minute set that emitted attitude and confidence. Tracks like Vauxhall Casanova fed off their Manchester roots, whilst other tracks like Dead Lonely captured the power of the New York garage rock scene. Dynamic, infectious and oh so Manc, Flesh are certainly a band that you should all be keeping your eye (or ears) out for.

The time of Peace was now upon us. Before even the band played a note, the crowd was shifting around the tightly packed venue of 260 adoring fans. Kicking off with one of their newer tracks Gen Strange, fans jump around like it’s the last gig of their lives. Singing every lyric, this gig was a celebration of Peace’s brilliance. From there Peace smashed into Follow Baby, who’s grungy britpop vibes echoed within the old walls of the beautiful venue. Friends and complete strangers were turning to each other and singing every lyric in unison. Other tracks from the bands debut In Love; Wraith, Higher Than The Sun and Lovesick, got the same reaction as the fans just went feral. Crowdsurfers and moshpits galore, these tracks still sound as fresh as they did when they were released two years ago. Peace as a band may have shifted slightly sonically in terms of new material but their live shows still remain the same anarchic disorder that they’ve always been.

Last year releases Money and Lost On Me make appearances within the set and sound like they’ve been part of the bands discography for years. Money’s cutting hook causes everyone to flop around like a school of fish out of water, whilst the poppiness of Lost On Me causes a dance off amongst fans.

However the night wasn’t just full of sweaty teenagers throwing their bodies around, there was also moments of calmness and reflection. The heartbreaking ballad Someday was played halfway through, resulting in a mass singalong. Being one the stand out moments of the band’s latest album, Someday transferred perfectly live as Harrison croons over a lost love. Happy People continues this subdued ambiance as Harrison contemplates ‘Where did all the Happy People go?’.

Now it wouldn’t be a proper Peace gig without the inclusion of fan favourite 1998(Delicious) would it? As the first notes from Sam Koisser’s bass play, the crowd erupt with colossal power. The intensity of this 10 minute behemoth results in insane mosh pits and virtually everybody zoning out towards the end as the track embeds itself into everyone’s minds. At one point there was multiple people crying with complete musical emotion from the brilliance that is radiated from this track.

The gig then took an odd turn as Harrison started to sing the Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney collaboration FourFiveSeconds. After completing the first verse, he triumphantly says under his breath ‘Fucking nailed it’. Peace then flowed into California Daze. A track that gained mass media attention when it was released back in 2012, it still manages to book a place in Peace’s live shows. With fans clambering onto their friend’s shoulders in hope to get a split second of eye contact with the band, California Daze managed to create a moment that showed how important this band really are. They aren’t just your run of the mill indie band, they are much more than that. New tracks such as Perfect Skin receive a massive reception from the audience and I’m A Girl perfectly ends the first part of the set of it classic Peace fashion.

With the sound of ‘Manchester la la la’ ringing in everyone’s ears, Peace returned to the stage and began to play an unknown jam. This quickly turned into fan favourite Bloodshake. Fans lost their shit as guitarist Doug played instantly recognisable yet infectious guitar riff. Ending on a flurry of psychedelic guitars that resulted in the most riotous mosh pit of the night since 1998(Delicious), Bloodshake shows that it’s still one of Peace’s best despite it’s age.

Harrison then addressed the crowd for what track they should play next. From requests of Disclosure’s White Noise to Wonderwall, the track that caught the band’s ear was one of their earlier tracks Ocean’s Eye. ‘We haven’t played this track in over two years, so if you know it then you’ve been with us for a while’ says Harrison as the band work out how to start the track. Peace burst straight into it and deliver on every level. The rawness and the youthfulness of the track was awe-inspiring, it was a complete ode to us fans who’ve supported them since before EP Delicious.

Harrison again asked the crowd for suggestions and one track that everyone seemed to want was Drain. Before starting they let the crowd know that they weren’t confident that they knew it all but they’d give it their best shot. Halfway through, Harrison passed the microphone to a member of the audience who sand every word. Said fan was the then invited on stage to finish the track off.

The band let the fan stay on stage for Float Forever, where he had Librertine-esque chemistry with Harrison. Swaying away to the bliss sounds of the guitars, this was a moment he’ll no doubt cherish forever. After a stage dive from the fan, Peace geared up to finish on World Pleasure. The heavily influenced track helped show off the band’s musical maturity. From bass solos to a Stone Roses styled finish, this helped Peace display their full talent. Fans invaded the stage throughout, resulting in security having to take action. This didn’t deter anyone and the set ended in explosive psychedelic finale.

I’ve been to see Peace live many times, this being my seventh, and I can honestly say they are getting better and better. They know their strengths and they focus on them.There isn’t many live shows out there like it. The vast amount energy and crowd unity made me proud to say that I’m a Peace fan.

Liam Egan