After the light goes down, the city of Glasgow always seems to wake up from its daytime hibernation, bars are flashing their neon lights, and the atmosphere tends to become more electric.
Tonight, King Tut’s is not only crowded with young punters ready to throw their arms in the air for music’s sake, but the room is filled great expectations and mix of warm beer and sweaty musk is slowly pervading the atmosphere.
Tut’s is a ritual of passage for every band in the UK, a way to win over the crowd by being so close to them.
The size of the venue does not reflect the colloseum-esque performances that have been happening over the years and tonight should once again prove to expect the unexpected.
Floating on the success of their second album and freshly ridden of that anxiety of producing a second LP, the band arrives on stage with their famous nonchalant attitude and in a few seconds the place turns into a mosh pit, while the echoes of ‘Bloodshake’ bounce off the walls.
The crowd does not need more to ignite and the band is not shy when it comes to show their gratitude; the first few songs explode in the air like musical bombs, releasing energy particles all over the place.
The “Peace boys” bring the pop in indie-pop, the finesse of their melodies and the particular vocals expose a band that matured over the past two years.
When ‘O You’ is released, the room quietens down, the effervescence that was almost about to bring the roof down settles, letting the crowd catch their breath and rest a little.
‘1998’, the ultimate song of their first EP, resonates through the venue like an anthem, while Harry Koisser’s words throw the whole venue into a musical trance; swinging hair and metallic guitar riffs make the crowd dive into a fantasy of psychedelic dreams.
Every single member of the band gets his time to shine, whether it is the bassist during the solo on ‘World Pleasure’ or the drummer having a banging solo on ‘Higher Than The Sun’; everyone get their slice of the fun pie.
After being recalled on stage for a few encores the band give the audience a rendition of Disclosure’s ‘White Noise’ before ending the night with ‘Float Forever’, on a sweet and blissful note, leaving the crowd cheered and joyful, after all it is what Peace is all about.
Words: Jeremy Veyret
Photos: Euan Robertson