London post-punk five-piece Hotel Lux have released a new track and accompanying lyric video, “English Disease.” The new track follows the release of previous singles “Daddy,” “The Last Hangman” and “Berlin Wall.”
The video includes retro footage from British football matches and traditional pubs while the song pokes fun at the dim-witted, overly masculine English lad stereotype. The chorus has the feel of a merry football chant or a drunken karaoke performance—you can almost hear the hollers, and the clinking and swigging of pints full of stout. Frontman Lewis Duffin delivers the song with a dry, art-punk humor as he cheekily name-checks everyone from Princess Diana and Danny Dyer to Frank Sinatra and Jean-Paul Sartre.
Duffin says of the song, “The tune started as a joke initially. It’s intended as a bit of a tongue in cheek dig at ‘lad culture.’ The song came about all sat around in our front room humming away melodies, trying to work out which would be best and went with that. The chorus was a bit of a joke too, found the idea Jean-Paul Sartre and Danny Dyer side by side quite funny. Two of the greatest philosophical minds of the 20th and 21st centuries, respectively.”
Hotel Lux have previously toured with Shame, Slaves, Fontaines D.C. and The Chats, and have recently worked with producer Dave McCracken (Sports Team, Pip Blom, Ian Brown). You can catch the band live in London for a headlining show at the Lexington on May 6—tickets are available here.
Watch the video for “English Disease” below.