LIFE recently released an introspective new single from the much anticipated third album, the forthcoming North East Coastal Town due for release on August 19th.
LIFE are a band anchored by the city of Hull – it’s geography, history and community has always inspired their creativity and with this new record they pay homage to their beloved city and it’s folk.
When discussing the concept of “North East Coastal Town”, vocalist Mez Green said ‘Hull and the surrounding area runs through our DNA and has shaped us, weathered us, empowered us, embraced us and made us feel accepted. North East Coastal Town is our love letter to the city. The album is an ode to kinship and relationship with its musical and lyrical spine picking out themes of love, desire, beauty, horror, chaos, pride and most importantly the sense of belonging. It’s a reflective body of work dedicated to people and place and those that have always been there and made us feel like we belong.’
Duck Egg Blue follows the BBC Radio 6 Music A-List single, The Drug and marks the fourth track to be released from the album. It is doubtlessly more introspective than any of the band’s existing material and displays a different side to the band as vocalist Mez Green’s boisterous and sardonic vocal style is swapped for tender, ruminative lyrics that glide across a meditative rhythm section, which ebbs and flows with subtle electronic elements around a gentle guitar loop.
Speaking on the new release Mez says, ‘Duck Egg Blue is a realist’s love song. The journey of trying to navigate through each other’s feelings and emotions, the strains of close quarters trapped in a tiny flat, the minutiae of everyday life. The overarching sentiment is that no matter what happens, after all that is said and done, we love each other, and we are there for each other.’
The single is also accompanied by a new video which sees different colours of paint swirling and merging with each other. The visual is taken from bassist Lydia Palmeria and her girlfriend painting their bedroom. Speaking on it the band says, ‘The video for Duck Egg Blue is mix of paint and sentiment, of love and frustration, and the process of turning house into home.’
The band will be performing a run of in-store dates the week of release followed by a local celebration in Hull on Sat 3 September at The Social. Recent summer festival dates have seen the band play the likes of BST Hyde Park supporting Pearl Jam, Long Division Festival, Colours of Ostrava (CZ), and more. The band will soon play Sea Power’s Krankenhaus festival in the Lakes, and Mad Cool Sunset Festival in Madrid. UK & EU album tours will follow in the Autumn – full listings below.
North East Coastal Town will be released on 19 August 2022 via the Liquid Label – Pre-order HERE
Live dates: Tickets available here.
26th – 29th August – Krankenhaus Festival, Muncaster Castle, UK
8th Sep – Big Festival, Andalucia
10th Sep – Mad Cool Sunset, Madrid
Album release in-stores:
19th Aug – Record Junkee, Sheffield (7pm)
22nd Aug – The Vinyl Whistle, Headingley (1pm) / Jumbo, Leeds (3.30pm) / Crash, Leeds (6pm)
23rd Aug – Rough Trade Bristol
24th Aug – Parade Vibes, Watford (1pm) / Rough Trade East, London (7pm)
25th Aug – Pie & Vinyl, Southsea (1pm) / Resident, Brighton (6pm)
3rd Sept – Album launch party at The Social, Hull
3rd Oct – The Cluny, Newcastle
4th Oct – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
5th Oct – Mash House, Edinburgh
6th Oct – The Deaf Institute, Manchester
7th Oct – Bootleg Social, Blackpool
8th Oct – Bodega, Nottingham
10th Oct – The Fleece, Bristol
11th Oct – Patterns, Brighton
12th Oct – Scala, London
14th Oct – Joiners, Southampton
Photo Credit: Luke Hallett