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Last year, LIFE broke their Humberside confines to become a truly national, if not international, sensation after their second album ‘Picture Of Good Health’ saw them established as a real force to be reckoned with through a marriage of punk anger and post-Britpop appeal. Adapting the left-wing politics of the first LP ‘Popular Music’ and framing them through their own personal everyday experiences with the distinct gritty texture of living in Hull, their second record chimed with British audiences and listeners across the continent as they gigged heavily, hit the European festival circuit and played support on IDLES world tour.

Continuing to develop their sound, Life have once again returned to the studio and returned with new single ‘Switching On’ which embraces greater experimentation and seems to take its quest from such tightly lacerating yet claustrophobic bands as Suicide and Big Black.

“After completing ‘A Picture of Good Health’ I felt like I belonged in the world, lyrically painting over the bone – eating demons, I wanted to express why this was. I wanted to scratch it out like people do on woodland trees or moorland rocks. It was love; I found love. ‘Switching On’ is my lyrical attempt of charting that journey; the initial giddy, nervous and pinch – me moments, the wanting to be accepted, the lust and the incredible feeling of finding that person and falling in love. The band wanted to be open to all aspects of musicality so that the lyrics were given an aural heart. We wanted to be brave, bold and exciting as we evolve our sound and rhythms by bringing in elements of synths, pads, machines and pure bass and guitar experimentation. ‘Switching On’ is a nod to where we want to be and where we are going; the future.” – Mez Green

Accompanying the single is the post punk upstarts answer to Wes Anderson in the form of a promotional video adapting the colour palettes and symmetrical shots for which the acclaimed cult director is famed. The mini movie was made with the help of local filmmaker and long term visual collaborator Josh Moore who have succeeded in capturing the tension of the track, as told through the suffering of plants losing at love and life in a sequence of desperate video dates.

Currently causing chaos in NYC, they return to plagued Europe to tour next month with dates around the UK in April.

Led by brothers Mez Sanders-Green (vocals) and Mick Sanders (guitar),  UK four-piece LIFE make snarling, gleefully hyper punk with a pop sensibility and a heap of attitude. Their second album, “A Picture of Good Health”, was released last fall and is recommended to fans of McLusky, Fontaines DC and IDLES (with whom they’ll be on tour in the UK in April). Known for their fiery live shows, Music video by Life performing “Bum Hour”Life are at the crest of the current wave of UK guitar music alongside other scene champions . they channel bands such as The Fall, Blur and Parquet Courts. Their focus on community and witty, off-centre social commentary underscores everything they do. The band hail from Hull in England’s North East. Energetic frontman Mez jumps and dances around the stage with a death glare like Jarvis Cocker making love to Frank Sidebottom and the Sultans of Ping.

Life released their second album – A Picture Of Good Health – in September 2019 in partnership with PIAS and recorded with Luke Smith (Foals, Everything Everything, Depeche Mode) and mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Parquet Courts, Yak, Weezer). It was BBC 6 Music’s Album Of The Day, BBC Radio 1’s Album Of The Weekend and was one of BBC 6Music’s Albums of The Year; all four singles from the album were play-listed at 6Music.

New music, out now. We are so proud to give you “Switching On” our latest single taken from “A Picture of Good Health”. Watch our Wes Anderson influenced video created by ourselves

The new album is more personal, about mental health and inner turmoil. I think all of us had a breakdown at some point while making it” – Mez, Life.

Hull’s post-punk absurdist polemics LIFE made quite an impact with their DIY debut album. 2017’s Popular Music was championed by BBC 6Music’s Steve Lamacq and won firm fans (and friends) in fellow post-punkers Idles. Most unexpectedly, Popular Music even ended up in BBC Radio 1 Albums Of The Year list, where Life’s gnarly, Humberside riffs and scattergun wordplay kept unlikely – but deserved – company with the likes of Jay-Z, Skepta, the xx and Wolf Alice. Two years on, their eagerly awaited, dryly-titled second album, A Picture Of Good Health, ups the ante musically and lyrically.

Album available through Afghan Moon the album ‘A Picture Of Good Health’, released on the 20th of September 2019,

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Moral Fibre and Hollow Thing the first two singles taken from the new album are out now! with a further single scheduled from album #2 – produced by Luke Smith (Foals, Everything Everything, Depeche Mode) and mixed by Claudius Mettendorfer (Parquet Courts, Yak, Weezer). A follow-up to LIFE’s successful, self-released debut ‘Popular Music’ which was included in Radio 1’s best albums of 2017.

A Picture Of Good Health’ – will be with you on the 20th of September & released on own label Afghan Moon in partnership with PIAS.

“this record is indispensable” – DIY (4.5/5)
“tightly wound guitars and lyrical zingers combine for maximum ’80s Peel session effect” – MOJO (4/5)
“it’s the album the Hull punks deserve” – Upset (4/5)
“a thunderous reminder of why guitar music is mankind’s greatest creation” – Dork (4/5)
“One of the only saving graces of the omnishambles of a time we live in is the emergence of bands that have something to be genuinely angry about. Few bands better epitomise that than LIFE” – NARC (4.5/5)

Band Members
Mez – Vox
Lydia – Bass
Mick – Guitar
Stew – Drums

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Following the release of excellent recent single “Moral Fibre”, Hull based outfit LIFE have now announced details of their much anticipated second album “A Picture Of Good Health”. Alongside this announcement the band have also shared a new single taken from the record called Hollow Thing.

Whereas the band’s excellent debut album Popular Music was broadly political, the new album takes a more personal approach with some beguilingly honest and brave lyrics that are bold in both sound and feeling, whilst also retaining the core DNA of their previous material. Hollow Thing has the band homing in on a bigger and more focused sound whilst also channelling the lyrical content inwards.

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Hollow Thing is about tackling isolation and fixing yourself. It’s about letting go of something in your life, something that’s passed.

‘’Wait for the past to fade, wait for that hollow thing…’’ Hollow Thing is about moving on and overcoming hurt, taking the hits but getting through it.

‘’Wade through a sea of beige, choke on great clods of dirt…’Hollow Thing is embracing your worth.

‘’I look much better than you, I love much deeper too.’’Hollow Thing is littered with lyrics that reference something ending and then something beginning again. It’s a twisted pick me up!

‘Hollow Thing’ is the second single to be taken from LIFE’s new album. Produced by Luke Smith (Foals) and mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Parquet Courts), the band home in on a bigger and more focused sound .

Going on to speak about the album Mez says “A Picture of Good Health is not a collage of work but rather a snapshot of time; our time and the time of those around us. It’s political, but in a personal way. It’s a body of work that explores and examines the band’s inner-selves through a precise period; a period that has brought pain, loneliness, blood, guts, single parenthood, depression and the need for survival and love. It is the sense and need for belonging that is the resounding end note!”

New album out on 20TH SEPTEMBER 2019 via Afghan Moon.

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Channelling the defiantly DIY spirit of their hometown HullLife are back following the release of their rampaging debut album ‘Popular Music’ with the first taste of their second as-yet-untitled LP; ‘Moral Fibre’. Once again exhibiting their supreme skill for condensing a hell of a lot of pissed off polemics into an accelerated rush of guitar riffs and Beat Poet lyrics, ‘Moral Fibre’ is a take-down of those looking to adopt phoney poor aesthetic to try and steal some authenticity.

Singer Mez Green explains; ‘Moral Fibre’ is a stinging and frenzied shut up and step aside – a tongue in cheek reflection on the music industry, that beige scene, those that pimp poverty from Mummy’s detached house, those that trade in fair-trade cocaine and those that preach behind their keyboard. I’m taking the piss, but I’m deadly serious!”

The newly released video sees the politically astute post punks’ team up with local artist Anna Bean. Known for her dark and twisted surreal edge, Bean has given a real visual punch to the songs sardonic message; “We chose to reflect on when we lived and dined as the ants that took the sugar mountain from an empire built on Teletubbie colours and 70s shit-disco. Once again re-uniting with our friend behind the lens Josh Moore we present to you a piss-take of a piss-take that’s a little bit tongue and hella-lot of cheek and a ton of pissant. Shot in Hull and shot for fun let Moral Fibre get in in your bones.

Having just completed a tour of mainland Europe with their good mates IDLES, Life look forward to a massive year leading up to the release of their second full length which includes headline Firebug as part of the massive all-day festival Handmade which hits Leicester on Sunday 5th of May. They also appear at The Great Escape Festival down in Brighton that runs from Thursday 9th until Saturday 11th of May.

Acknowledged as perhaps the greatest rhythm guitarist in rock & roll,  Keith Richards is even more legendary for his near-miraculous ability to survive the most debauched excesses of the rock & roll lifestyle. His prodigious consumption of drugs and alcohol has been well documented, and would likely have destroyed anyone with a less amazing endurance level.

Keith Richards born 18 December 1943 is an English musician, songwriter and founding member of the English rock band The Rolling Stones. Richards had created “rock’s greatest single body of riffs,” ranking him 4th on its list of 100 best guitarists. Fourteen songs that Richards wrote with the Rolling Stones’ lead vocalist Mick Jagger are listed among “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” Keith Richards’s notoriety for illicit drug use stems in part from several drug busts during the late 1960s and 1970s and his candor regarding his addiction to, and eventual abstinence from, heroin.