LIFE: Shoreditch – live review

Old Blue Last, London
8th February 2014

Hull based punk band LIFE have been visiting London for a while now and it looks like they’re catching on – especially with Keith Goldhanger.

The Old Blue Last during the week isn’t as busy as it is on a Saturday night. Stage time is 11pm we’re told and as we swan up to the door at 22.59hrs, yet again we have to stick a fag in our gobs and snuggle into the penned off area to the right of the main door in order to beat the queue over at the left hand side of the door.

Works every time.

Downstairs is packed with weekend revellers shoulder to shoulder moaning about us late comers ploughing through the throng (to an earsplitting sound track of T-Rex Metal Guru) to get to the stairs to get to another rammed sweltering room where four blokes, three wearing hats and at least one in a leather jacket drink from cans and climb the stage (90 seconds late) to do, for half an hour what they’ve been sitting in a van all day to do.

And do it well.

Very well.

Imagine The Strokes but cooler and more shouty and a bit faster and twenty times better (and from Hull) and you get close to what this four piece are like. They’re doing what our granddads told us The Lurkers used to do, good imaginative punk rock with catchy shouty choruses that Saturday nights were made for (and for some of us, all other six days as well). Already this band have a set of songs that are just waiting for your attention. Starting with In Citrus and ploughing through the set that includes one of our favorites from last summer I Wanna Forget in addition to the new tune Money out now on Birthday Records it looks like all those day trips down to the Capital are finally getting through to a lot of us.


You can check Life out on their website, Facebook, Twitter and their Soundcloud page.

The Old Blue Last is on Facebook here.

All words by Keith Goldhanger whose Louder Than War archive can be found here.

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Keith Goldhanger -- Spent the '90s as a frontman with London noise merchants HEADBUTT - spent the '80s in 'Peel favourites' BASTARD KESTREL. Spent a few years mashing up tunes and remixing bands as HIDEOUS WHEEL INVENTION. Is often out and about getting in the way of things and bumping his head on low ceilings - Will give your band the time of day but will dislike any band that balances full pints of alcohol on the top of guitar amps (Not keen on lead singers that wear hats either).


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