Track Of The Day – LIFE – Hollow Thing


Life‘s latest single ‘ Hollow Thing’ follows hot on the heels of the anthemic ‘ Moral Fibre’ and is the second single to be taken from their second album ‘ A Picture Of Good Health.’  And like previous releases from the post-punk Hull quartet, it’s positively bursting and bristling with bruising explosive energy and swathing guitars replete with lyrics so sharp they could scythe the biggest of egos down to size

Frontman Mez has a similar Mark E.Smith-style knack for brutal barbed, stream of conciseness poetry  ( ‘’Sweep up your debris from your sexless throne’’ for example) but he ‘s far more animated live and cuts a mesmerising figure as he hurls himself about the stage at times resembling Jarvis Cocker on amphetamines with a hint of the brooding intensity of Ian Curtis – lost in the moment.  And to really get a sense of Life’s vigour and frenetic energy you really do have to see them live. They exude so much passion and belief that it’s impossible not to fall under their spell.

Of 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 needs for belonging that is the resounding end note!”

Credit: Matt Mollson

They’ve recently supported IDLES on their UK tour and are set to appear at Glastonbury later this month.

‘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].

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Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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