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LIFE – Bum Hour

Posted: August 29, 2019 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Punk, Rock
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MM faves and mighty Hull outfit LIFE have shared a new single from their forthcoming album A Picture Of Good Health. It is the wonderfully entitled Bum Hour.

They say “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.”

Listen and love its queasily anthemic magnificence. Lots of live UK dates too.

 

Catch them on tour:

Sun 1, September – Wilkestock Festival, Frogmore Hill
Fri 20, September – Warren Records, Hull
Mon 23, September – Rough Trade, Bristol
Tue 24, September – Rough Trade, Nottingham
Thurs 26, September – Rough Trade East, London
Thurs 24, October – Phase One, Liverpool
Sat 26, October – Bootleg Social, Blackpool
Sun 27, October – YES, Manchester
Mon 28, October – Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
Tues 29, October – Fulford Arms, York
Wed 30, October – King Tuts, Glasgow
Fri 1, November – Tunnels, Aberdeen
Sat 2, November – Think Tank, Newcastle
Mon 4, November – Sugarmill, Stoke
Tues 5, November – Cookie, Leicester
Wed 6, November – Moth Club, London
Thurs 7, November – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
Fri 8, November – West End Centre, Aldershot
Sun 10, November – Anvil, Bournemouth,
Mon 11, November – Green Door Store, Brighton
Tues 12, November – Joiners, Southampton
Wed 13, November – Forum, Tunbridge Wells
Thurs 14, November – Horn, St Albans
Fri 15, November – Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes
Weds 4, December – Academy 2, Dublin, IRE
Thurs 5, December – McHughs Basement, Belfast
Fri 6, December – Kasbah Club, Limerick

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LIFE – Hollow Thing

Posted: June 12, 2019 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Punk, Rock
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Following the release of brilliant recent single Moral Fibre, Hull outfit LIFE have now announced details of their much anticipated second album A Picture Of Good Health. Alongside the 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.

Give it a spin.

 

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New Single From LIFE

Posted: March 29, 2019 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Punk, Rock
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Discovering LIFE at Truck Festival back in 2017 was one of our festival highlights, so much so we went straight out and bought a vinyl copy of their excellent debut long player Popular Music.

A follow-up is (thankfully) due for release this year and they’re sharing the biting first single, Moral Fibre, which is out today via Afghan Moon / PIAS, and is available for your listening pleasure below.

Typically anthemic (who can resist a song that starts with a yelled “Pissants“?), typically frenetic (it clocks in at 97 seconds) and typically brilliant. Our song of the day for sure.

 

See them live:

03 May / Glasgow / Broadcast
04 May / Liverpool / Liverpool Sound City
05 May / Leicester / Handmade Festival
10 May / Brighton / The Great Escape Festival
16 May / Wrexham / FOCUS Wales
11 Jul / Upcote Farm / 2000 Trees

 

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New Single From LIFE

Posted: May 2, 2018 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Punk, Rock
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Vibrant, modern day punks – Hull four piece LIFE were one of our favourite discoveries playing live at Truck festival last summer.

This is their first new music since the release of their excellent debut album Popular Music.

Grown Up is another frenetic, raucous slice of muscular indie-rock that plays with the theme of adulthood; getting to grips with your responsibilities and behaving in a mature fashion – and while it is unmistakably LIFE, with typically caustic and clever wordplay – the single also sees the band hone in on a bigger and more focused sound.

Listen below. It is out on the 15th June.

 

 

30 Meat Wave – The Incessant

 

29 L.A. Witch – L.A. Witch

 

28 Oh Sees – Orc

 

27 Pissed Jeans – Why Love Now

 

26 Deer Tick – Deer Tick Vol. 1

 

25 Ty Segall – Ty Segall

 

24 Public Service Broadcasting – Public Service Broadcasting

 

23 Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger In The Alps

 

22 Alvvays – Antisocialites

 

21 Sleaford Mods – English Tapas

 

20 Spectres – Condition

 

19 Whispertown – I’m A Man

 

18 The Americans – I’ll Be Yours

 

17 King Krule – The Ooz

 

16 Ron Gallo – Heavy Meta

 

15 Flat Worms – Flat Worms

 

14 Micah P. Hinson – Micah P Hinson Presents: The Holy Strangers

 

13 The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding

 

12 Kevin Morby – City Music

 

11 Mark Lanegan – Gargoyle

 

10 LIFE – Popular Music

 

9 Protomartyr – Relatives In Descent

 

8 Laura Marling – Semper Femina

 

7  Terry – Remember Terry

 

6 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana

 

5 Black Angels – Death Song

 

4 Cabbage – Young, Dumb & Full Of…

 

3 Big Thief – Capacity

 

2 The Moonlandingz – Interplanetary Class Classic

 

1 IDLES – Brutalism

 

Technical issues have meant we’ve been quieter than usual this week, but hopefully with all those resolved we can get back to normal service. It is a shame as we spent the weekend with middle sprat wallowing ankle, and sometimes knee, deep in swampy mud at Truck Festival.

Truck has been a bit of a Mackerel family institution for a few years now, a small(ish) friendly and well run festival with an eclectic musical line-up and tea and cakes served by the local WI. This year’s musical line-up was a bit bigger and more mainstream and it was clear that, on arrival, the atmosphere was quite different.

I’m told Truck has been bought out by a much larger, much more “business focused” company and it certainly felt that way. Gone were the days of sauntering up to the entrance, a friendly chat and in you go – now we had sniffer dogs, unsmiling ticket checkers and most unforgivable of all, a two hour plus queue to get in (others queued for twice as long). It set the tone for a weekend that could be viewed in two distinct parts – music that was brilliant and organisation that was not.

As the rains came, and came again, and again and again over the first two days the entire site including the camping fields turned into a horrific mud bath. Given the forecast was known for a few days (at least) I was anticipating some kind of contingency plan from the organisers especially as tents quite literally began to submerge in thick, syrupy mud. I expected wooden or metal walkways to be put down on the main paths, maybe open a second entrance to the main arena to spread the footfall a bit, and as we were on a farm, lots and lots of straw to go down to try and soak up the worst of the mud.

Literally nothing was done and a “who cares and fuck you” attitude prevailed. A few token and totally inadequate bales of straw at the entrance and that was it. Otherwise it was sink or slip or swim, and for lots of people that meant sink (and slip for pretty much everyone else).

It was such a shame as musically the festival was brilliant. Friday set us up with contagious indie pop from Big Moon and Hinds on the main stage, British Sea Power’s soaring, cinematic rock in the Market Tent (complete with giant dancing bears) and a fabulous set of infectious punk rock from Dream Wife (who were unrecognisable from the band we saw at the Great Escape a year or so ago). Headliners Slaves and Franz Ferdinand were both excellent in the driving rain that failed to dampen the spirits of the audience and created possibly the slippiest, sloppiest mosh pit ever.

Saturday was spent almost entirely in the Nest whilst the rain hammered down outside and vendors’ stands began to resemble a mud wrestling carnival. The visceral drive of Dead Pretties was an unexpected discovery whose set began brilliantly but tailed off a bit towards the end – almost as if the set would have worked better in reverse, before LIFE took the stage and created mayhem with a brilliant set of angry punk that somehow melded the Dead Kennedys, Sleaford Mods and the Fall into a perfect combination. Abattoir Blues’ crunchy, grungy rock maintained the tempo if not quite the intensity before the Crows racheted things up again with an excellent set of energetic post-punk. A brief excursion to somewhere near the main stage where Sundara Karma’s psych-inflected rock went down extremely well before a return to the dry of the Nest for a fabulous set from Yak complete with crowd surfing guitarists and a perfectly judged set of brutally infectious, needling guitars and pummelling percussion. Suitably impressed, middle sprat slogged off to watch the Wombats whilst I stayed for headliners, and once fictional band, Moonlandingz who were a revelation – fronted by the Fat White Family’s Lias Saoudi and backed by Sheffield experimental outfit Eccentronic Research Council together with Fat Whites’ Saul Adamczewski. Their spaced out, motorik rhythms and funky indie-disco melded perfectly with a nightmarish, sinister edge that created a cosmic wig-out of epic proportions. We slowly waded back to our damp tent to the strains of a Libertines greatest hits set.

Sunday saw us back in the Nest with middle sprat for the screaming guitars of Weirds’ industrially tinged grunge led by a frontman who could teach Paddington a thing or two about hard stares. On the main stage Cabbage showed just why they are causing such a stir as the next big indie thing, a brilliant set of sardonic, krautrock tinged indie and a fine line in insouciant showmanship being greeted rapturously by the big crowd. Back in the Nest our first experience of singer-songwriter Kevin Devine was a joy – much more in line with previous Truck discoveries, his was a wonderful collection of songs and a fabulous voice and made for a welcome change of pace – a little oasis of Americana amid the loud guitars and crashing drums. It was back to the guitars and drums for All Them Witches who were slightly one-paced and predictable compared with previous fare. Back outside to watch a surprisingly (for me) engaging and uptempo set from indie stalwarts Maximo Park (middle sprat’s set of the weekend), and then, joining the huge crowd, for the Vaccines – closing the Festival and pleasing the masses with a collection of mostly energising mainstream indie anthems. The contrast was great at times, one truly terrible new song that sounded like something Fleetwood Mac would have knocked out and rejected in five minutes juxtaposed with sing-alongs to Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra), Post Break-Up Sex and If You Wanna.

They left the stage early, fireworks went off and we exited en-masse through the claggy mire flanked by unsmiling security and a question mark about the future of the heart and soul of Truck…

Ten of the best songs we heard at Truck

10 Vaccines – Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)
9 Dead Pretties – Social Experiment
8 Maximo Park – Apply Some Pressure
7 British Sea Power – Waving Flags
6 Dream Wife – FUU
5 Kevin Devine – Another Bag Of Bones
4 Yak – Hungry Heart
3 LIFE – Popular Music
2 Cabbage – Uber Capitalist Death Trade
1 The Moonlandingz – Black Hanz