Living Body is the Leeds-based immigrant-led double-drumming anti-capitalist indie/pop/rock sing-along, whose current live lineup includes Jeff T. Smith (f.k.a. juffage), Alice Rowan (Mayshe-Mayshe), Sarah Statham (Crake), Annie Prior (Parker Lee) & Matt Simpson. Other contributors have included Katie Harkin (Harkin, Sleater-Kinney, Courtney Barnett) & Tom Evans (Vessels).

Shaped by Smith’s fascination with the contortion of the pop song into a uniquely imaginative and immediate form, his former Midwest-US upbringing and longstanding roots in US and UK DIY scenes, Living Body infuses timeless melodies warped through an experimental and punk ethos; noise-rock, indie-rock, college-rock, post-rock, shoegaze, Motown.

They have toured extensively throughout the UK, EU and North America including SXSW, Canadian Music Week, Tramlines, Sŵn, Deer Shed, ArcTanGent, Daytrotter and Long Division Festivals. Their work has received praise from BrooklynVegan, Stereogum, Exclaim!, The Line of Best Fit, Under The Radar, Drowned In Sound, the Skinny, For the Rabbits, God Is In The TV and Louder Than War, as well as airplay on BBC 6 Music, Radio 3, Amazing Radio and others.

Following their debut LP Body Is Working, the group released live-favourite C.R.E.A.M. (as part of Long Division Festival’s 12″ compilation New Addition, Vol. 1), I Do (as part of the Kingfisher Bluez 2020 Record Store Day 7″ compilation Short Songs, Vol. 2) and Don’t Kill Yourself (It’s Christmas), a fundraiser for Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service.

In 2023 they returned with an expanded live band releasing their new single ‘CONSUMER’, performing two solo tours, festivals and shows across the UK alongside Owen (Mike Kinsella of American Football), Apollo Ghosts, Holiday Ghosts and Dolores Forever. The track received further acclaim and was picked as Track Of The Week on BBC Introducing in West Yorkshire.

Expanding on the need for music to bring joy into the lives of others in an age of confusion and information overload, Living Body’s music expresses the bleak yet positive, immediate yet complex, pessimistic yet hopeful, exhausted yet perseverant state of modern living.

“Living Body are THE most exciting thing happening in the UK music scene” the Skinny

“Delicate and dramatic indie … they can do high-energy rippers too”Stereogum

“tsunamis of glee”The Line of Best Fit


“The epitome of the modern supergroup”Louder Than War

“Unique, quirky and beguiling music at its very best and most creative”NARC Magazine

“Body is Working is a fascinating curio of an album, and quite beautiful in its complexities”God Is In the TV Zine

“An album that flows beautifully, combining seemingly disparate ideas into a singular and cohesive whole” For the Rabbits