Release Date: Sep 20, 2019
Record label: PIAS
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
It wasn't just their music that has made a difference, however. With members of the band involved in various outreach programs in their native Hull, including a not-for-profit community record label, the band's ethos and politics run much deeper than that of their contemporaries, goes further than their music even, because it has a genuine impact on their local community. It's for that reason then, that it comes as something as a surprise (though is perhaps understandable) that their second album, A Picture of Good Health, finds the band taking a more introspective approach to their lyrics.
Great art moves in cycles, and more often than not is borne out of desperate measures in line with desperate times. So as the proliferation of right wing initiated austerity threatens to engulf the globe, it's difficult to envisage an album like this being created at any other time. The follow-up to 2017's excellent debut Popular Music, A Picture of Good Health finds Hull, England four-piece LIFE at their most angrily buoyant.
Hull four-piece LIFE have served up a sophomore album filled with personable vignettes about (aptly) life, and one that proves their highly acclaimed 2017 debut album 'Popular Music' was no fluke. Starting off with the liberating 'Good Health', the beginning of the 13-track punk record is as strong as can be. The titular track about mental health and inner demons that blends anger and aggression with introspection reflects a tinge of the quartet's journey in making the album.