If the current incarnation of ”rockstar” is that of an arrogant, slightly detached reality singer, apolitical in the extreme, beige, spoiled by the industry and surrounded by yes men, then Mez and his gang are here to put the boot in.
As the frontman of punk band LIFE, Mez jumps and dances around the stage with a death glare like Jarvis Cocker making love to Frank Sidebottom and the Sultans of Ping. He tackles themes from Trump to Brexit, mass consumption, police violence and austerity – the bleakness of it all laid bare in songs which punch with clarity and fizz.
The “no-holds-barred” style makes sense when you consider that LIFE are unsigned and through necessity are completely DIY. They answer only to themselves. If they want to talk about politics openly, it will happen, no double-checks or authorisations needed, and that hasn’t stopped them from having their songs repeatedly played on Radio 1, and scoring playlist adds on BBC 6 Music from their debut album Popular Music. In May 2017 BBC Introducing asked the band to be one of four special returning acts at Radio 1’s Big Weekend. LIFE, of course, were the only unsigned act amongst the major players.