Following the recent release of their BBC 6 Music-playlisted single Switching On, rising Hull indie stars LIFE today shared a remix of the song by Mercury-nominated punks IDLES.

Hull band LIFE, whose latest single has been remixed by IDLES. Pic: Janine Van Oostrom.

Switching On was remixed by IDLES guitarist Mark Bowen, a long-time friend of LIFE, who released their second album, A Picture Of Good Health, to much critical acclaim last year.

Bowen said: “I have watched LIFE play live well over 100 times and one thing that I really wanted to maintain through the remix is how incredibly tight they are as a band, so I left everything from the original in there.

“There was something new they were bringing with the song; there’s that assured LIFE sound central, but there are experiments in electronics and noise coming closer to the surface. I wanted to push those ideas further, exaggerate them to the point of becoming violent.

“I often think a remix should eschew the original vocal. All my favourite remixes are unrecognisable as songs – that felt inappropriate here. Mez stays front and centre, where he belongs.”


LIFE frontman Mez Green said: “Switching On is an experimental love-song. When writing the track we homed in on new textures, noises and beats as we continue to fall in love with all aspects of music making, as a result we thought the original single would also work as a remix.

“Bowen has added some flirtatious sleaze. He has made the track sound like the love you would find coming out the backside of a city at night. It’s seedy, it’s vast and it rains down on you just like IDLES do from their necessary pulpit.”

Earlier this year, LIFE also released a video for the new single, which was directed and produced by the band with the help of local filmmaker Josh Moore (who has collaborated with the band on all their recent videos).

LIFE have also finished the first volume of their new zine, Switching On – The Community Collective. Curated and designed by the band, the 75-page, full colour book brings together poems, lyrics, art, photos, collages, musings and heartfelt stories from all over the world.

The zine is pay what you want (£6 minimum), with all profits going to the WISHH (Working Independently to Support Hull Hospitals) Hull Hospitals COVID-19 Appeal. The zine is available to pre-order HERE.

Earlier this year the band went on an arena tour as main support for Kaiser Chiefs, which followed their own packed-out UK/EU headline tour and an album launch gig in a Camden kebab shop!

LIFE’s latest EU headline tour with Sleep Eater has also now been rescheduled for Winter 2020. All existing tickets are still valid and can be purchased via the band’s website HERE. Dates are as follows:

26 October – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s
27 October – Manchester – Deaf Institute
28 October – Hull – Welly Club
29 October – Sheffield – O2 Academy 2
30 October – Hebden Bridge – Trades Club
1 November – Birmingham – O2 Institute 3 
2 November- Bristol – Rough Trade
3 November – London – Lafayette
4 November – Nottingham Bodega

Gary Welford owner