LIFE share new single ‘Bum Hour’

LIFE press photo
Credit: Matt Mollson

Hull outfit LIFE have now shared a new single from their forthcoming album ‘A Picture Of Good Health’ entitled Bum Hour. Listen to the track via Soundcloud below.

Speaking about the new single frontman Mez Green said the following:

“Bum Hour is the isolation when you shut your door. Bum Hour is about not being at ease on your own. Bum Hour is ‘that’ pattern and routine broken. It’s the need to live again in that moment as you watch the bars buzz from your lone-parent window. Your only comfort, your saviour, your little boy in his bedroom. You find yourself scrolling through your phone an act of self-harm and torture. Your mates are out – you lie down and sleep.”

Bum Hour is the third single to be taken from LIFE’s new album (full track list below). Produced by Luke Smith (Foals) and mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Parquet Courts), the band home in on a bigger and more focused sound whilst also channelling the lyrical content inwards. Whereas the band’s debut album ‘Popular Music’ was broadly political, the new album takes a more personal approach with beguilingly honest and brave lyrics that are bold in both sound and feeling, whilst also retaining the core DNA of their previous material.

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!”

Alongside the new single, the band have also recently announced a series of EU/UK headline tour dates, including four UK instore events, two new Irish dates and one new Northern Irish date for December. The band recently embarked on a sold out two-week European tour as main support for IDLES as well as playing one of three sold-out London shows at the Electric Ballroom and have played packed out sets at various festivals throughout the year including: Glastonbury, The Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City, Pukkelpop, Best Kept Secret, Rock For People, Pahoda, Latitude and more. They will play the following dates:

Fri 20, September – Warren Records, Hull UK
Mon 23, September – Rough Trade, Bristol UK
Tue 24, September – Rough Trade, Nottingham UK
Thurs 26, September – Rough Trade East, London UK
Sun 29, September – MTC, Cologne DE
Mon 30, September – Molotow, Hamburg DE
Sat 5, October – Musik & Frieden, Berlin DE
Sun 6, October – Hydrozagadka, Warsaw PL
Mon 7, October – Famu, Prague CZ 
Tues 8, October – Kranhallen, Munich DE
Thurs 10, October – Dynamo Werk 21, Zurich CH
Sat 12, October – Freakout, Bologna IT 
Tues 15, October – Costello Club, Madrid ES
Wed 16, October – Sidecar, Barcelona ES
Thurs 17, October – L’Espace, Paris FR 
Sun 20, October – Cinetol, Amsterdam
Mon 21, October – Kavka, Antwerp BE
Thurs 24, October – Phase One, Liverpool UK
Sat 26, October – Bootleg Social, Blackpool UK
Sun 27, October – YES, Manchester UK
Mon 28, October – Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds UK
Tues 29, October – Fulford Arms, York UK
Wed 30, October – King Tuts, Glasgow UK
Fri 1, November – Tunnels, Aberdeen UK
Sat 2, November – Think Tank, Newcastle UK
Mon 4, November – Sugarmill,  Stoke UK
Tues 5, November – Cookie, Leicester UK
Wed 6, November – Moth Club, London UK
Thurs 7, November – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff UK
Fri 8, November – West End Centre, Aldershot UK
Sun 10, November – Anvil, Bournemouth, UK
Mon 11, November – Green Door Store, Brighton UK 
Tues 12, November – Joiners, Southampton UK
Wed 13, November – Forum, Tunbridge Wells UK
Thurs 14, November – Horn, St Albans UK
Fri 15, November – Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes UK 
Weds 4, December – Academy 2, Dublin IRE
Thurs 5, December – McHughs Basement, Belfast UK
Fri 6, December – Kasbah Club, Limerick UK

Tickets are on sale now from

‘A Picture Of Good Health’ is due out 20th September 2019 via band’s own label ‘Afghan Moon’ and also sees them partner for the first time with [PIAS]

Pre-order the album here