Hotel Lux Release Menacing New Track ‘English Disease’
Vocalist Lewis Duffin delivers his lyrics with his customary bite, then launches in a pleasantly big chorus. This is new for Hotel Lux but merges with their sound seamlessly. Production must also be praised here; in a time of overproduced music, English Disease strikes a perfect balance of polished and sharp. There are moments in which the song almost sounds like Blur if their music had been spending too much time hanging around with bad companies. This works perfectly for a track that looks at an all-too-familiar English scene with disenchantment and a pinch of sympathy.
The lyrics provide sharp, lightly ironic commentary delivered from a standpoint brave enough to not put itself above the scene it’s describing. “It’s a case of the English disease, you know what I mean/ and so do I”, the song admonishes. And so do we all, indeed.
Chiara was born in Sicily and lives in Cardiff. She’s a novelist and freelance journalist with a lifelong love of music, from glam to punk by way of blues and country.