Review: Peace + JAWS – O2 Academy, Birmingham, 27/04/2013

The last time that Peace played in their hometown (prior to their slot on the NME awards tour in February), was at Christmas at The Rainbow supported by Swim Deep, JAWS, Wide Eyed, Heavy Waves, and the band that went on to become Superfood.

Tonight, they’re accompanied by JAWS as well – an outfit who have come a long way and picked up one hell of a lot of fans in the process. The room is completely bouncing from the second that the young foursome walk onstage and word for word sing-alongs of almost all choruses highlights how adored they have become in this, their hometown too. JAWS still have further to come as a band in terms of stage presence and live sound, but they make a pretty convincing bash at the big league tonight and if they keep penning tracks like Gold, their upward trajectory can only continue.

Now armed with a pretty brilliant album as well as that EP, Peace finally have enough material to make up a convincing set, and convince they do tonight. They thunder through album highlights which transfer to live highlights (Delicious, Waste of Paint, Follow Baby) in front of a completely enamoured sold out floor of fans and friends. And they do it with swag.

Five months ago at the Christmas show at The Rainbow, Peace were well on their way to becoming pop stars. And now they are there – and onstage in their hometown, there is damn near nothing they cannot do. A completely solid performance deserved of every ounce of hype they have received.

Photo by Gobinder Jhitta

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