Brazen Hull punk-rockers LIFE have shared their searing new track Hollow Thing. Frontman Mez Green comments of the track: “Hollow Thing is about letting go of something in your life, something that’s dead ‘wait for the past to fade, wait for that hollow thing’ and then no matter how hard it is you can and will move on ‘wade through a sea of beige, choke on great clods of dirt’. Hollow Thing is about overcoming isolation and realizing your self worth ‘I look much better than you, I love much deeper too.’”
The song is littered with lyics that reference something ending and then something beginning again. It’s a twisted pick me up ‘sweep up your debris from your sexless throne.’ The past is the past ‘dogs bark in doorways in a godless home’ and don’t be taken for granted ‘all angels ride for free’ and never be afraid of the alone because ‘all heroes eat alone.”
Take a listen to the track via Soundcloud below.
Hollow Thing is the second single lifted from LIFE’s highly anticipated second album ‘A Picture Of Good Health,’ that will see release on September 20th, 2019 via Afghan Moon / [PIAS]. Produced by Luke Smith (Foals) and mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Parquet Courts), the band hone in on a bigger and more focused sound while 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, while 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!”
1. Good Health
2. Moral Fibre
3. Bum Hour
4. Hollow Thing
5. Excites Me
6. Never Love Again
7. Half Pint Fatherhood
8. Grown Up
11. It’s A Con
12. Don’t Give Up Yet
13. New Rose in Love
Pre-order ‘A Picture Of Good Health’ here
The band just completed a sold-out European tour as main support for IDLES as well as a sold-out London show at the Electric Ballroom and have played packed out sets at likes of The Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City, Handmade Festival and more. Similarly, the band are also set to play numerous festivals across the UK & Europe including Glastonbury, The Great Escape, 2000 Trees, Pukkelpop (BE), Les Nuits Secretes (FR), Pohoda (SK), Rock The People (CZ), Wilkestock and local event, Humber Street Sesh – with many more to be announced.
Described by DIY as “an unhinged depiction of modern-day punk”, LIFE’s anti-establishment outlook and witty, off-centre social commentary underscores everything they do. Very much the antithesis of all things London-centric, the band hail instead from the current City Of Culture, Hull, and tackle the new wave of youth and working class discontent with both savvy and style.
Known for a strong community ethic, clever wordplay and energetic performances, ‘Popular Music’ made it onto BBC Radio 1’s best albums of the year list and gained multiple playlist adds on BBC6 Music. LIFE were also picked by the likes of DIY, Metro, So Young and Fred Perry Subculture as their ‘Ones to Watch’ at the start of last year and Steve Lamacq praised the band for being “…weirdly uncompromising and addictive” when placing lead single In Your Hands in his best of the year list.
LIFE were also invited to perform a live session for Huw Stephens at Maida Vale and to play at Radio 1’s Big Weekend, where they were the only unsigned act on the line up. Further live credentials include performances at SXSW, Reading & Leeds, Latitude, Reeperbahn and The Great Escape, as well as tours with Slaves, Nadine Shah and IDLES alongside significant headline shows of their own.
LIFE tour dates
7/11/2019 – Upcote Farm, UK – 2000 Trees
7/12/2019 – Trencin, SK – Pahoda Festival
7/26/2019 – Lyon, FR – Les Nuits Secrets
8/17/2019 – Hasselt, BE – Pukkelpop Festival
8/30/2019 – Hertford, UK – Wilkestock Charity Music Festival
Purchase tickets here