Psychadelic faux-grunge revivalists ‘Peace’ have so far taken 2013 by storm. Betacross’ Rowan Crerar checks out ‘Follow Baby’, the second single from Debut Album ‘In Love’
Single Review: Peace - Follow Baby
Follow baby is the 2nd official single from psychedelic hype band Peace, previously released in April of 2012 the limited edition vinyl completely sold out – you can’t even get your hands on one from eBay for under £30. Listening to the song you can understand why. Harrison Koisser’s unique vocals compliment the moody bass line and empowering guitars, not to mention the drums – a solid bongo beat adds an effortless bop to the song, making it impossible not to tap your feet along to it, and even harder to not stand up and full on dance like there is no tomorrow.
Listening to the song first time, you can immediately tell why the single sold out first time round. The intro sounds fairly Nirvana-esque and sets the tone for a gloomy yet vivacious stormer of a song. Koisser’s voice loudly and clearly mumbles the lyrics, yet you can tell by his tone that these words are from his heart, and even though it is extremely difficult to make out every single word, Koisser’s voice still seems clear and hypnotising. The song also compliments the original b-side “Li’l Echo” perfectly, they both have a moody air of twisted teenage love song, and Koisser’s voice tells the story perfectly, working as a heavenly combination with his brother Sam Koisser’s complex and catchy baselines. The bass in Follow Baby helps with the moody theme, adding a mysterious air, hidden beneath the guitar and drums you can hear the roots of the song, the essential rhythm.
Comparing Follow Baby to Wraith, it is clear to see this young band from Birmingham have a lot of potential. Wraith has certain “bop” to it, and regardless to the dark lyrics one can’t help but want to sing along and dance wildly to it. Peace manage to create this effect with almost every single one of their songs, and although Wraith has a more happy groove on it, Follow Baby matches it with it’s moody stomp essence. Follow Baby is quite different from the songs on Peace’s EP, Delicious, with Bloodshake hailing the band with a fruity psychedelic image, Follow Baby promises that Peace are so much more than that, and that they can create so many more sounds than simply psychedelic guitar riffs and a strong drum beat.
Words: Rowan Crerar
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