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Peace @ Glasslands, 12/19/2012
Peace

"This is kind of a long one. Don't get lost in the jam," warned Peace singer Harrison Koisser as an intro to the band's nearly 10-minute song "1998." Sporting haircuts that were more 1992, the UK group looked like an amalgamation of Ride, Primal Scream, Suede, Blur (bassist and Harrison's brother Sam is a dead-ringer for Alex James) and, er, Neds Atomic Dustbin. But musically, the band are a little more of our time, somewhere between the precision grooves of Foals to the proggier side of Mystery Jets. With pop hooks, mind you, when not going on an extended jam. The epic-length "1998" helped extend their six-song set at Pianos last night (12/19), the band's first in NYC. Not bad at all, though I'm not sure America will get as excited as the British music press already is. But perhaps they'll fill the void Wu Lyf may have left.

The Pianos show (early and free) was one of two Peace played last night. Later they hit Glasslands as part of a bill that included L.A. duo Touché, Rarechild and Night Shining. More pics of Peace from Glasslands, as well as shots of Touché and Rarechild (plus Peace video from Pianos) are below.

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by Bill Pearis

Peace
Peace

With their EP Delicious release of September 2012, Birmingham's Peace showcased four distinct sides to their musical personality. There was the twitchy Foals-like number; another harking back to the ragged blues-rock of The Doors. The EP was high in quality, but posed a question: just what do Peace really sound like?

2013 will provide the answer - although the shape this blossoming band settles on is likely to be left malleable. Comparisons to Vampire Weekend and Friendly Fires are impressive on-paper parallels. But Peace are hinting at something rather more singular, and they'll want to deliver music that connects with unique effect, rather than via echoes of recent past. - [BBC Sound of 2013]

UK group Peace (not to be confused with Vancouver punk band of the same name) are on the "longlist" for BBC's Sound of 2013 poll and their single "California Daze" came in at #13 on NME's Best Singles of 2012 list. As mentioned above, there's is a Foals-esque vibe to their music, but comparisons could be made to Mystery Jets as well. You can stream "California Daze" below and watch a few music videos as well, including one for their new single, "Wraith."

New Yorkers (or visitors to the area) who want to see what al the fuss is about in person will have that opportunity next week, as Peace are making a quick American visit to both coasts next week and will be in NYC on December 19 for two shows. They play a free early show (7PM) at Pianos, and will then head across the Williamsburg bridge to play Glasslands, opening for Touché, a show that also has Rarechild, and Night Shining on the bill. Tickets are still available. If you can't make it to those shows, Peace will be back in 2013 for SXSW which may include some non-Austin dates as well, we'll see.

San Fermin
San Fermin

If you're going to that Pianos show and want to stick around, the show immediately after (doors at 8PM, but not free) features a headlining set from Brooklyn's San Fermin a group that features Ellis Ludwig-Leone who has worked (as an assistant to Nico Muhly) on arrangements for The National, Passion Pit, Sufjan Stevens, and more. Sam Fermin (that also features Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe of Lucius) make music equally indebted to indie rock and theatre, and you can stream a track below which is from their self-titled debut, out in February 2013. The late show at Pianos also has Annie & the Beekeepers and Great Caesar on the bill and advance tickets ($8) are available.

Tour dates, videos are streams are below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Touché - Wild Horses (MP3)

photo by Casey Curry
Touche
As we mentioned previously, Los Angeles duo Touché (aka Bram Inscore and Alex Lilly) will be here in NYC soon for a couple shows, happening at Glasslands on December 19 with Rarechild and Yalls (tickets) and then Cameo on January 4 with Tippy Toes and Future Screens.

While we wait for those dates to happen, check out a new recording from the pair -- a cover of Prefab Sprout's "Wild Horses" which is making its debut right here. While Touché's version doesn't veer much from the almost glitchy R&B of Paddy McAloon's original (from their 1990 opus Jordan: The Comeback), it is lovely in its own right and does shed light on the pair's influences. Plus, you just don't hear that many Prefab Sprout covers.

You can download the track above or stream it below, where you'll also find all upcoming tour dates.

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by Bill Pearis

Touche

Los Angeles duo Touché is a new musical project from Bram Inscore and Alex Lily, both of whom were in Obi Best if you remember them from a couple years ago. Both have long been part of the LA scene, with Bram playing with Beck, Charlotte Gainsbourg and recently took over bass duties in Twin Shadow after Russ Manning left to concentrate on his project, Rush Midnight (is this a trend?). Alex, meanwhile, sang backup with The Bird and the Bee.

The duo, whose music is shiny electropop with a strong ear for hooks, will release their debut album, It's Fate, next year but the first single, the catchy "I'm a Man Not a Machine," is out now and you can stream it or watch the video below. Also below are some remixes by the likes of Daedelus and Lee Cooper (aka Twin Shadow keyboardist Wynne Bennett).

Touché will be in NYC next month for a show at Glasslands on December 19. No openers have been announced but tickets are on sale now. The duo will then be back in NYC for a show at Cameo on January 4 with Tippy Toes and Future Screens. No advance tickets for that one, just $7 at the door.

All upcoming Touché tour dates are listed below, along with song streams.

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