Following the release of their critically acclaimed second album ‘A Picture Of Good Health’, Hull indie outfit LIFE have shared a new video for album track Excites Me. Watch the video via YouTube below.
The stop-motion video was directed by Manchester/York based artist Callum Scott-Dyson who says, “For Excites Me, we really wanted to do something manic and full of energy to match the pace of the track, while also develop a loose narrative that echoed some of the ideas in the song and lyrics. What started out as a more vague thing based around wanting to escape boring situations and explode with pent up rage, became a bit of a character piece about a man stuck in a boring job with lots of mundane things going on, who has to do something crazy to escape this life. Then the narrative gets crazier and crazier as his inner demon comes out and he grows into a rage filled monster.”
A staple of the band’s set and a live favourite with fans, the video is shared hallway through the band’s UK headline tour. The band will be supported Night Flowers and local rising Hull band New Meds across their forthcoming shows. They will play the following dates:
Thu 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 (^)
Thu 14, November – Horn, St Albans UK (w/ Fiende Fatale)
Fri 15, November – Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes UK
Wed 4, December – Academy 2, Dublin IRE
Thu 5, December – McHughs Basement, Belfast UK
Fri 6, December – Kasbah Club, Limerick UK
w/ support from:
^ = Night Flowers
# = New Meds
Tickets are on sale now via www.lifeband.co.uk.
‘A Picture Of Good Health’ is out now via band’s own label Afghan Moon and also sees them partner with [PIAS].
“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.
“The first album was quite political and talked about young people, including ourselves, having problems living and surviving,” explains Mez. “On the second album we take the spotlight away from the wider community and bring it on us. It’s a broader sound, more angular, more precise. We both share the lyrics but this album very much reflects what was going on in my life – I was coming out of a long term relationship, becoming a single dad. I wanted to express and write about the turmoil I was going through. I think it’s quite brave, in terms of politics and community. There are songs about single fatherhood and mental health. Do people sing about that stuff? I’m not sure they do.”
Sessions for the album proved so intense – with the pressure for a superior follow-up piling on from the band themselves, rather than a record company or external forces – that Mez reveals that each of the band members had a breakdown of one sort or another during recording. “At one point, Lydia was trying to nail a bassline and the producer kept playing the lyric “Stop hating yourself” over and over again. The song was about inner turmoil and mental health. Lydia smashed the bassline and just ran out of the room in tears, screaming.”