Brighton trio Peace In Protest have formed a funky rock sound that, in their words, is “about as heavy as indie gets without being indie” but that phrase doesn’t quite do this exciting new band justice.
The trio are formed of guitarist and vocalist Ben and drummer Sean, who knew each other from primary school and have always been drawn together through music, then went away to college where Sean met bassist Lawrie. Ben followed them down to Brighton and the band was born.
The band released debut single Backwards last month, on which Ben told us: “It feels great to have it out! We’ve been sitting on this track for quite some time now, just while we were making sure we had everything sorted for announcing this band. We always knew this was going to be our first release, so we were really itching to get this out in the open.”
It opens up with a building guitar riff then a funky twisting riff kicks in over the top alongside cymbal-heavy drums. Then it all drops out bar drums and a jumpy bassline under Ben’s vocals “Finding time to make this work, Keep the points of pessimists and naysayers at bay, Strictly speaking it’s just business, No amount of cash can fix this.”
The track explodes to life in a huge vocal-led chorus, “Is it too late, Too late to take a step back, backwards, Is it too late, Too late to change a thing.” Stabby guitars follow then give way to a more laid-back verse, which ends on the line “What is progress, What is failure, Can’t have one without the other, Strictly speaking it’s just business, No amount of cash can fix this” that leads into another dynamic chorus.
That’s followed by repeated cries of “We go backwards” over a funky little fuzzy riff and soaring guitars, then drops down into drawn out guitar chords. They give way to cool cowbell hits over slower, more laid-back repeats of the chorus lyrics that feed into a final blast of the chorus. Check out in the video below:
Peace In Protest have honed a sound that Ben describes to us as “groovy, riffy and hooky,” which had us instantly hooked. Ben expands: “I think we’ve never really been set on a certain style, the word ‘alternative’ has been thrown around a fair bit. I’d say we’re as heavy as indie music can be without it not being indie anymore. We’ve heard some great feedback from people recently who have said that they really like our music although we’re not typically their sort of thing. We like to think there is something for everyone.”
Their style is influenced by a whole host of genres, as Ben explains: “We take influence from a lot of styles, from big UK rock bands, to chart pop, to Icelandic folk, to Neo Soul and anything in between. I don’t think all of these influences are apparent, but they’ve definitely made an impact on how we write and what we like the sound of. We’ll be listening to a song and find ourselves really picking it apart to find what makes it work and use that same process in our writing. It’s a very meticulous way of working but it works for us.”
But the rock element is clearly the most prominent force upon their sound, with big riffs and dominant basslines alongside Ben’s engaging vocals making the trio an exciting new force.
There’s much more to come from them too, with a new single pretty much ready to go and plenty of gigs coming our way too, beginning with a gig at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar in Brighton tonight (Wednesday, 18 April). More info on their upcoming gigs is here.