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Midland Indie Rockers tour and release new album
Prepare for a Christmas and New Year filled with 'Peace'. The Midland band sporting that moniker can be seen supporting Bombay Bicycle Club during December, then headlining across the UK between January and March, 2015.

For good measure they release their second album, Happy People, on February 9.

Peace, Happy People
Happy People: Indie band Peace

The four-piece, who made their name performing at Birmingham's Rainbow pub, return to their native Midlands with Bombay Bicycle Club on December 10 at Wolverhampton Civic Hall, then headline at Birmingham Institute on January 24.

Frontman Harry Koisser says Peace wanted to follow-up their 2013 top 20 hit album, In Love, with a contrasting record.

"I think it's because we've got such short attention spans that we just always want to do something new and exciting,'' he admits. ''It's not that we get bored exactly, it's just that we want to try something different."

Peace, Happy People
Short attention span: Midland rockers Peace

While he says he has always enjoyed the ambiguity of his own lyrics, Harry is now relishing a more focused approach to his words.

''I really like choruses that are simple, sometimes just one line repeated four times, but the verses can be complex," he says.

After signing to Columbia Records the band, whose line-up is completed by Harry's brother Samuel (bass), Douglas Castle (guitar) and Dominic Boyce (drums), toured the world.

Consequently, Happy People was written on the road and in hotel rooms, taking influences from global experiences, shifting musical scenes and the group's new itinerant lives.

Peace, Happy People
Global experience: Peace

The album was mostly produced by Jim Abbiss who also helmed In Love.

"He's one of the only producers I can think of who does things the old way," Harry explains. "Everything goes through the desk, he only uses the computer as a tape machine. The authenticity of it was important, and I think you can feel that. Or I can, in the music."

Bombay Bicycle Tour dates:

December 3: Leicester De Montfort Hall;
December 4: Plymouth Pavilions;
December 5: Bournemouth Solent Hall;
December 7: Manchester Apollo;
December 10: Wolverhampton Civic Hall;
December 11: Edinburgh Usher Hall;
December 12: Newcastle Academy;
December 13: London Earls Court.

Peace headline tour dates, 2015:

Jan 15 & 16: Liverpool Kazimier;
Jan 22: Bristol Exchange;
Jan 23: Bristol The Fleece;
Jan 24:, Birmingham Institute;
Jan 29: Leeds Brudenell Social Club;
Jan 30 & 31:, Sheffield Queens Social Club;
Feb 5, 6 & 7: Nottingham Bodega;
Feb 9: London Heaven;
Feb 12 & 13: Norwich Epic Studios;
March 5, 6 & 7: Newcastle Cluny;
March 12: Manchester Deaf Institute;
March 17 & 18: Glasgow King Tuts;
March 19: Belfast Empire Music Hall;
March 20: Dublin Whelan's;
March 26, 27 & 28: Brighton The Haunt.
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Why? Two chances to see Midland Indie rockers Peace
When: December 10, 2014 & January 24, 2015
Phone: 0870 320 7000 (Wolverhampton Civic); 0844 844 0444 (Birmingham Institute)
Where: Wolverhampton Civic Hall & Birmingham Institute
Cost: 12.50 (Birmingham); 26.40 (Wolverhampton)
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