Peace: Interview with the Birmingham Indie Band

Following the success of their debut album In Love, Birmingham-based ‘Peace’ have just finished biggest ever headline tour. We got to chat with drummer Dom to see what's next.

Did you expect the amount of success you got from your debut album?
Well we didn’t really expect anything to be honest. We’ve been so busy that we haven’t really had a chance a chance to look back at what we’ve achieved, we’ve just sorta rolled with it.

Have you had any rockstar-esque demands since you’ve signed to a major label?
When we first got signed we asked for a billboard to be put up in Birmingham that had a picture of us on it and the message of just simply ‘what the fuck’ and we actually got it to our surprise. That’s the only thing we’ve asked for really and we got it so maybe we should ask for more stuff? I want to go as Spinal Tap as possible. Start complaining about the quality of champagne and getting helicopters to gigs maybe?

If you had the chance to support a band on an arena tour, who would it be?
Probably Arctic Monkeys. Maybe The Black Keys. I don’t want to step into Muse-type territory really.

If you were to host a money-no-object festival who’d headline?
Well it would be called “DOM’S MAGICAL MYSTERY WEEKEND” and would have Arctic Monkeys on ‘cause who doesn’t love their new album. Elton John the next day because he’s great and we missed him when we were at Bestival. We’d then end with Groove Armada just to add some variety. I’d better start planning then…

What advice do you have for smaller bands trying to break it in the industry?
I don’t really feel like I’m in a space to give advice ‘cause well, we didn’t exactly get lucky but we were very fortunate with how quick everything fell into place. All I can say is that you need to play as much as you can in as many places as you can. You can’t afford to be snobby; you just need a good attitude whether you’re playing to 30 people or 3000 people.

What’s the plan for the next few years?
More of the same I reckon. We’ll keep playing shows and we will have a new record out early next year hopefully.

What can we expect from the new album?
The majority of songs are already written and we’ve already started to work on it. None of it is out there yet really so I could just say anything about its sound at this moment in time. It’s um, very grimey, like early Dizzee Rascal and mainly focusses on the struggles of east-London lads.
(that last bit might be a lie.)

Nathan Simm