If asked, many people would say the best thing to come out of Gosport is the A32 to the motorway. Not so. “What is Life For?” is not so much a question mark for a name of a band but a statement for the sheer presentation and delivery of their music.
Together since March 2007, they are a four piece alternative rock band from sunny Hampshire. Difficult to categorise, they have been described as “Incubus jamming with the Chillis whilst the Foo Fighters and Billy Talent have noisy sex in the corner”.
The driving force behind the band is Nick Bowen, lead guitar and vocals. His interest in music started from a young age and stems from his father, a professional musician. This love has also influenced his three best friends, Phil Merritt on guitar and vocals and Lee Warren on bass. The man on the sticks, Alex Long, although diminutive in physical size is a giant when it comes to drumming. Not a band to do covers, the ideas are a joint affair with everyone having their input into the song writing.
My husband came across the band in early 2009 when they were supporting “Guns on the Roof” at The Joiners Arms in Southampton. Not normally in time to see the support bands, fate obviously had other ideas that night. All he could talk about when he came home after the gig was the band. High praise indeed from a man who has been following music for some 35 years and is not easily impressed.
Several weeks later sees hubby becoming their manager with me helping behind the scenes a few weeks after that. Such is our faith in the band; we have set up a management company, MLT Management, solely to help promote the band and their music.
2009 saw the band release their first EP, “ask yourself.....” with a hugely successful launch in their home town. The summer saw them playing at GuilFest and The Waterfront Festival in Gosport. 2010 has even bigger and better things in store.
I have watched this band grow in stature and confidence over the past year. They know where they are heading, world domination, and they have the talent and determination to get there. With tight and concise drums and bass powerhousing the backline and 2 guitars driving the front end, “What is Life For?” produce an unbelievable tightness delivering highly infectious memorable songs with great confidence.