The festive season is approaching us, and Hull’s post-punks LIFE have decided to release their own re-interpretation of “Jingle Bells”. It sounds very fun and it is a great addition to your darker and more twisted Christmas playlists.
This year was a big one for the band, as they have put out their new (and probably best one) LP North East Coastal Town and toured extensively. Looks like they do not plan to stop in 2023 too, as they have already lined up some shows for January and February, with the slot at Rockaway Beach before an Independent Venue Week run visiting northern coastal towns.
Speaking of the new track, vocalist Mez Sanders-Green says:
“When Christmas was lost to Covid/Lockdown we put on a livestream from our Moon Factory studio in Hull. It made us smile, it made people laugh at home and most importantly it made my little boy dance around my flat in Hull!
This year, following an incredible tour of our latest album, we wanted to celebrate at the LIFE AGM and got in the festive spirit to record the ‘LIFEMAS’ version of Jingle Bells.
Yes, we wore tinsel, yes, we wore Xmas shaped sunglasses and yes, we just had a ton-of-fun. Is it serious, hell-no but hopefully the track just makes people laugh and dance with their kids, pets, nan’s and gate-crashing X-mas neighbours – reach for your Satsuma and enjoy!”.
What could be cooler than a great B-side? Fresh after the release of their latest LP North East Coastal Town, LIFE are back with the brand new song titled “Hull Sky”, which was written during the recording session for the album.
Speaking of it vocalist Mez Green says: “Hull Sky sneers, stomps and powers along with themes of romance. Whilst it didn’t quite fit the feel of North East Coastal Town, we’re excited to release it as the B-Side to one of our favourite songs off the new album”.
A fresh number backs the latest single and highlight from the record “Shipping Forecast”, which also got the chaotic lo-fi performance music video.
Next week the group would also depart on their huge set of UK and EU tour dates. There would be two shows in Italy — on October 22 in Milan and October 23 in Bologna (find more information about the tickets on the band’s website).
Nearly 10 years ago LIFE was formed from the ashes of post-punk outfit The Neat, and judging by their newest album North East Coastal Town, they are not only going strong but are also getting better and better.
The album is devoted to their hometown of Hull and is presented as a homage to the city and its folk. Musically it shows the four-piece at their best and most interesting, as here they experiment with many ideas.
“Friends Without Names” is a cold-blooded, anthemic post-punk stomper (and one of the best songs of the year), “Big Moon Lake” & “The Drug” showcase the group at their most playful, nervy and catchy, and “Duck Egg Blue” is a completely different beast — an introspective, tender and deep ballad. And all the described is not even a half of the record, there is no fillers here and every track deserves close attention.
Starting next month, LIFE will begin the huge UK & European tour, which will last till the end of October. There are two dates in Italy, in Milan on October 22 (at Arci Bellezza) and in Bologna on October 23 (at Freakout Club). Find more information about the tickets here.
LIFE have released a new single, titled “Friends Without Names”. The song is described as the anchor and blueprint for the band’s next record, and it is a huge, adventurous 6-minute monster with a dark atmosphere and exciting buildup.
Loud and atmospheric, it sounds like no other track in the group’s catalog and is probably their best one yet. We cannot wait to hear what they got in store for us on the upcoming LP.
No further announcements have been made just yet, but the quartet has a huge Great Britain tour lined up for December (find the dates here).
Stream the new track below and get it here, out now via The Liquid Label.
British post-punk band LIFE have unleashed the animated video for “Excites Me”.
It’s a fast, fidgety and restless single, which is taken from their fantastic sophomore record A Picture Of Good Health (that was released back in September via Afghan Moon / PIAS, and you can get it here). The video was directed by Callum Scott-Dyson and produced by CSD Videography.
Check out LIFE’s website for the tour dates as well and try to see their extremely energetic live performance — the band always give 100% to every gig.