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Homelife

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Manchester, United Kingdom

There are 2 artists with the same name: Manchester based jazz band and Lansing, Michigan based punk band.

1.) Homelife is a group based mostly in Manchester, signed to the Ninja Tune label.
2.) HOMELIFE(US) Carrying the torch for rugged Midwest bands into the next generation of punk rock,

1.) Homelife is not a definite entity. It’s hard to pin down their sound, how many people are in the band or even which band they are in! Nearly every Homelife track has a different line up. Less of a collective, Homelife is more of a pool of musicians whose talents are marshalled by reluctant foreman Paddy Steer.

There’s a do-it-yourself ethos evident in Homelife. All material is recorded at Paddy’s house with musicians doing their bit in small groups. With 15 to 16 contributor’s on the most recent album, ‘Cho Cho’ the piecemeal approach makes sense and Paddy admits that it wouldn’t be possible for the whole band to be in the studio at the same time. “It’s not like the Monkees where we all in the room together. Ten years ago Homelife wouldn’t have been practical but advances in technology have made a project like this possible,” he states. Whilst the majority of the co-operative are Manchester based, male vocalist Faron Brooks lives on Vancouver Island, Canada and key member Simon King is based in London. Technology again lowers the height of these creative hurdles with Paddy even seeing positive aspects to Faron’s displacement. “It means we get more editorial control over his vocals,” he deadpans before likening the arrangement to that Portishead have with their vocalist.

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