“Life [prove they are] the punk band for the Brexit indie generation.”
A couple of weeks ago a lucky few industry insiders got a ransom style invite to an album launch but this was not to be the ‘normal’ album launch, this was free booze and free booze invite to Camden’s Marathon Kebabs. The invite sent 2 reactions among those who received it either “bloody hell, I remember Marathon Kebabs” but maybe those who remember Marathon Kebabs have a lack of memory of those debaucherous nights and the other reaction was “what the fuck is Marathon Kebabs and why are they hosting an album launch”. If you’re unaware what we’re talking about we’re talking about the kebab house cum-venue which previously became a late night stop for the hipsters, the wannabees and occasionally the stars such as previous visitors Amy Winehouse, Paul Weller and Jack White a few years back. With all this heritage it’s now with little surprise that it’s the chosen spot for Hull’s Life the punk band for the Brexit indie generation.
Stepping into Marathon’s back room the squashed room situated a corner pocket flat level ‘stage’, catch ups and beers between colleagues and excited competition winners all soundtracked by the PA playing the album we were all waiting to ‘launch’. To the observant prior to the bands late stage arrival had noticed the marker penned setlist on the wall showing that the band wouldn’t play the forthcoming album in order and we would also be treated to debut album fan favourite Popular Music to finish.
“Life are not ‘Mez’s and they are an inescapably captivating live band with every member bursting with charisma.”
Maybe the opening track of the evening was an obvious choice even though it’s not chronologically first on the album, with Mez and the group bounding on to the stage with Mez repeating lead lyric and song title “excites me” over and over the energy exuded from the band- this was their moment. Life at Marathon Kebabs was not a regular back-slapping industry event this was a party Hull Style. Mez brought humor and honesty to the raucous performance openly discussing some of the albums themes including explaining that Half Pint Fatherhood is an ode to him being a single dad. Life are not ‘Mez’s band’, they are an inescapably captivating live band with every member bursting with charisma.
“[Life] know this next tour is likely to be their last in grass roots venues and damn right they’re going to make the most of it.”
The stage became the crowd, the crowd became the stage with moments when more than just front man Mez were wading through the crowd and also moments when photographers and crowd members blurred the invisible stage ‘line’. With a well deserved burst of attention in the media the band know this next tour is likely to be their last in grass roots venues and damn right they’re going to make the most of it.
“Life’s album launch was the perfect way for the band to celebrate their anthems for a disenfranchised youth.”
There were no highlights, every bit was at equal high levels of greatness and although there are likely to be no more singles from the album the singles and album tracks all blurred into 1 cohesive brilliant piece. To finish the set the group gave an outing of a debut album favourite Popular Music which Mez delivered (like a lot of the set) from a chair halfway through the room. Finishing Lydia encouraged everyone to eat kebabs- people ate, drank, laughed and chatted with Life in celebration of their achievements. Some bands no matter how big they get should never have a champagne album launch, not because they don’t deserve the luxury but because it doesn’t make sense. Life’s album launch was the perfect way for the band to celebrate their anthems for a disenfranchised youth.