LIVE REVIEW Peace, Deaf Institute, Manchester, Saturday 14 March 2015
Monday 16th March 2015 @ 08:00 by Max Wieland

On Thursday night, a tweet from the lead singer of Manchester band Courteeners pricked my attention.


ON FORM: Peace end their three night stint in Manchester in style.

ON FORM: Peace end their three night stint in Manchester in style.

It read: “I haven’t seen a band, or fans, or a building of that size shake for a long time.”

Liam Fray had just been to watch Peace at the Deaf Institute, the first night of a three night residency in the student end of Manchester for the Brummie four-piece.

Peace had brought about a buzz when these second album teasing gigs were announced, such is their pulling power fan wise, so instead of playing just down the road at Academy 1 – like they will be in October – these small intimate shows were obviously welcomed by their fan base, especially in such a close-up naturally lit environment.

But with the majority of the crowd being students or schoolchildren for that matter, this was never going to be a marvel and whisper sort of night.

Instead, it was a raucous affair harping back to what one would imagine the origins of Rock ‘n’ Roll to have felt like.

Picture the Beatles stepping off the plane in America for the first time, at times the level of fandom inside this most niche and sound enhancing of venues matched that without exaggeration.

As a young gig goer myself just a few years ago, I can remember what pent up adolescence and youthful pride can feel like at those first gigs, but Saturday night sometimes bordered on the wrong side of ridiculous.

After Peace had smashed through their first two songs, the Birmingham indie rockers announced: “Manchester, this is a big weekend,” before rifling through new track Money.

The ferocity in which the Worcester quartet cut through their set undoubtedly encouraged the total enthusiastic free-for-all that ran through the crowd.

Despite fan highlights and en masse sing-alongs coming from big hitters such as Wraith and Bloodshake, the compulsive club like 1998 stood out by a mile thanks to its monstrous enthusing and dancing roars, rocking the Deaf Institute like I’d never seen before, the sound booth was physically shaking at a premium such was the riotousness awash through the top tier disco room.

 Swathes of boys and girls

Swathes of boys and girls dived onto the low-down stage which dominates the Grosvenor Street venue, before being torpedoed back into the crowd by the ever-busy single steward.

Lead singer Harry Koisser, who certainly seems to be influencing the next wave of British singers with the way he leads the band, increased the lawlessness trajectory as he punched his way through Perfect Skin before the full capacity crowd started chanting the popular Manchester City terrace chant ‘Yaya Toure,’ bemusing and annoying to say the least considering the refrain of the song.

“It’s been a great weekend Manchester, maybe the best weekend ever,” bellowed Harry Koisser, before fans poured from every direction to sing along with the band’s encore, which finished with the fanfare six and odd minutes of World Pleasure, which has an awesome Stone Roses fuelled bass line kicking in at the back end of the song. Bassist Sam Koisser menacingly towered above the crowd on top of his amp as he powered through his bass solo that silenced the audience into the most dreamy and euphoric of trances.

On stage selfies, fan-led karaoke and the possibly the most stage dives I’ve ever seen from an audience occurred, but to give them credit, despite bordering on the annoying at times, the crowd certainly matched everything Peace threw at them, and the Midlands band certainly tolerated their fair share of unwanted distraction.


On the whole, it kind of created and contributed to a very messy and noisy piece of accomplishment.

Peace has always been a band that can take fans through the ranges, surprising, impressing and inspiring at the same time.

But on Saturday they pushed their switch into full on anarchy mode, putting their tightness as a band to full use and leaving nothing to the imagination. There was never a dip in quality or pace for that matter; instead they just carried on shattering through the Deaf Institutes glass roof at a quenching pace, clearly enjoying their rabble-rousing intimate gigs in Manchester.

In fact, they did not just shake the Deaf Institute like Liam Fray pointed out on Thursday; they absolutely destroyed it, leaving in their wake a precedent that will be very hard to match. Peace have gone from being a band trying to impress on album number one, to being a high-energy band that knows how to impress on the release of album number two, which certainly makes any future shows an even more exciting and appealing attraction.