Sunday, July 19, 2009


I wanted to give a heads up on the Lexington, Kentucky band Englishman whose alt-country swooning has held my attention lately. The band includes guitarist Justin Craig who is mainly known for his work with the band These United States and lead singer Andrew English for whom the band takes a similar name.

The following was sent to Grit Music from their PR company:

Their self-released debut EP “Taxidermy” recorded mostly in English’s apartment doesn’t drift into lo-fi obscurity but rather is a polished documentation of a mature songwriter grappling with his growing pains. Netherlands blog Here Comes The Flood wrote about Englishman, “Hints of Richard Thompson and Bonnie “Prince” Billy are plentiful.” Two of my favorites from the EP I’d suggest checking out are the nostalgic “Horseshoes” and the inventive and catchy “Ugly Rainbow.”

Englishman recently played a handful of shows in New York City and Canada. To date, Englishman have played shows with Elf Power, Stars, Clem Snide, Fruit Bats and LAKE, among others.

The band has steadily been grabbing the attention of careful listeners far and near. At the end of June they were in Rock Island, IL recording a Daytrotter session and will support Deer Tick and Dawes in their hometown in July.

You can stream their EP Taxidermy here. Enjoy!

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