LIFE – Going Through The Emotions

Hull punks LIFE are a band who combine hope and anger in equal measure. Their anti-establishment stance has seen them take on Trump, Brexit and poverty, set against a sonic backdrop reminiscent of The Fall and The Sex Pistols. Their austerity resistance is not limited to their music either. Politics also runs through their day […]

LIFE – Going Through The Emotions

By Ellis Toner

Hull punks LIFE are a band who combine hope and anger in equal measure. Their anti-establishment stance has seen them take on Trump, Brexit and poverty, set against a sonic backdrop reminiscent of The Fall and The Sex Pistols. Their austerity resistance is not limited to their music either. Politics also runs through their day jobs, as youth workers for The Warren – an open access youth centre for anyone aged under 25, offering food banks, counselling, sexual health and employment advice. We caught up with Mez from the band to explore life as a single parent, Leonard Cohen and pizza.

What has been your biggest life challenge so far and what did you do to overcome it?

Being a single parent has and is often isolating. Also living on your own and not seeing the two people in your life that mean the most to you more regularly can punch quite hard.

What do you think affects your mental health positively?

The smile and hugs I get from my little boy Gus and the love and talks I have with my girlfriend Farrah.

Love has healed me. I don’t think there is anything stronger.

And negatively?

Exhaustion from being on the road and getting caught in an endless circle that involves drinking booze can definitely take its toil. I think being a gigging artist you have to remember to look after yourself and each other. The band is/are your family.

What role does creativity play in your wellbeing?

I find music is my therapy at times. Recording our most recent album allowed me to acknowledge, write and talk about my feelings. It was a way to vent and a way to heal.

What are you reading, watching and listening to at the moment?

I’m reading anything by Ben Myers.

What’s your go to music if you need a boost?

Leonard Cohen is always in heavy rotation when I’m on the road.

What are your favourite foods?

Pizza! I went to New York with my girlfriend and did a tour of the slice joints. I’m obsessed.

Do you like to exercise or meditate at all?

I like to perform on stage. That’s my exercise it gets everything out in sweat form.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received in regards to your mental wellbeing?

To believe in yourself. To love those around you and to be honest. I’m so thankful for the chats I have with my girlfriend. Make sure you talk about everything from the little to the big. It’s ok.

How have you changed since 15, and what advice would you give to that person.

In my head I’m still a young person. I think everyone secretly is. My best advice for young people is to embrace your individuality and believe in yourself.

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