(SXSW 2017 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #119: Mez Green of LIFE

By on Monday, 6th March 2017 at 1:00 pm

As this year’s SXSW Music Festival rapidly approaches and our preview coverage kicks into high gear, we’re once again excited to bring you showcasing artists’ answers to a special SXSW 2017 flavoured set of Quickfire Questions. We begin this week with the singer of a punk band sure to kick a few arses around Austin next week. Mez Green fronts LIFE from Hull, in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Describe your music / sound in three words.
Well, hung, energy.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Playing our first shows in the USA, hanging out, watching bands, knocking back suds, catching some rays and eating some weird shit. Finding a cowboy & girl. Touching a cacti spike.

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
I like the cut and sound of everything I’ve heard so far from IDLES and of course our buds Slaves.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
A handheld hoover for any stray crumbs in the motel bathtub.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Jameson’s whiskey on ice.

What was your favourite album of 2016, and why?
‘Human Performance’ by Parquet Courts – lyrically superior to any current band.

Will this be the first time you’ve played to American audiences? What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I’ve heard it’s a beautiful circus. I wanna cut loose.

Now, let’s get into our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘Give ‘Em Enough Rope’ – The Clash on tape as my dad drove us to school in a Nissan Bluebird with two scrap doors.

What was your favourite song as a child?
The theme tune to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the original cartoon). Or ‘Common People’ by Pulp.

What song always makes you laugh?
U2 in general. Awful.

What song always makes you cry?
‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ – Joy Division.


What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
‘Walkin’ After Midnight’ – Patsy Cline.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
‘Bird on a Wire’ – Leonard Cohen.


Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ – Joy Division.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Leonard Cohen, Mark E. Smith, Bukowski, Easton-Ellis.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
We all work, we are real people!! I’m a frontline youth worker in the beautiful city of Hull.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
It would be LIFE’s debut album (out this year) ‘coz I like the sound of my voice. It gets me high.

Many thanks to Mez for answering our questions. LIFE will perform at the British Music Embassy at Latitude 30 on Thursday the 16th of March, Javelina on Friday the 17th of March, as well as close out the British Music Embassy on Saturday the 18th of March at the BBC Music / Department of International Trade night at 1 AM.

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