US English

US English

 St. Louis, Missouri, USA
BandPopAvant-garde

US English is a two-piece that blends literate lyrics and dense vocals with opera and live electronics. Influenced in form by the The Knife and Kid A-era Radiohead, the band stands out as a strikingly original act in a sea of saturated music.

Biography

US English developed as a creative platform for husband and wife duo James and Brea McAnally to tie together their disparate influences into a coherent whole. As the founders of the influential art and music series in St. Louis, the Elevator Music Series, the band arrived fully formed with their first release. US English’s debut release, What Frontier, is both timeless and timely, blending literate lyrics and live electronics with opera and avant-garde classical influences. The duo have created a jaw-dropping first release that addresses the anxiety of looking to the future, whether due to economic collapses, technological transformations or apocalyptic theories, and weave these elements together to create a dense meditation on our contemporary landscape. What Frontier is littered with clichés, newspaper clips and quotidian details, but it all comes together as a jarring meditation of what it is to be alive today. The EP opens with the title track sampling the NYSE closing bell and clipped vocal loops announcing that no news is good news. Ominous and anxious, it arrives at exactly the right time. The four songs included have that rare and unnameable quality of being both familiar on first listen and utterly unique in a sea of saturated music.

Lyrics

What Frontier

Written By: US English

Headlines like clouds.
Come quickly, help come now.
Dead souls with heavenly hopes,
depressed at work, headaches at home.
I, American, maker of my own gravestone.

Chorus
In 2050, who will be
Kings we kneel with,
Gods we greet daily?
What frontier will our children sing about now?

V2
No news is good news.
The future is in whose head?

No news is good news.
The future is in whose head?
In whose hands?
We’re in love with our own myths,
Our own ends.

In 2050, who will be
Kings we kneel with,
Gods we greet daily.
What frontier will our children sing about then?

I had a dream,
It flew, discovered land.
It demanded time,
In time, it will move past.

I had a dream,
It flew, discovered land.
It demanded time,
In time, it will take my life.

An American manic revival, revolution.
A round world panicked that it has become flat.

News!

Written By: US English

Where is the news?
What is the count up to?
Down-doubled debt,
We learned to cheat at blackjack,
But lost the bet.

Who called us fools, fools, fools?
Why don’t our blues sound true?
Give up these ghosts,
We’re moving too fast now to believe the best

Chorus
There’ll come a day,
God knows,
Ashes in the air.
There is no post-apocalypse,
Still money is where my mouth is.

Where is the news?
What is the count up to?
Down-doubled debt,
We learned to cheat at blackjack,
But lost the bet.

Where is the next
New suburban myth?
Dreams of apocalypse
Like guns turned on ourselves.

When I wake up.
When I wake up.
When I wake up
I’ll get a new life.
When I…
When I wake up,
I’ll get a new life.

There’ll come a day…

Discography

What Frontier EP1
What Frontier (single) and News! (single) have been picked up on radio across the country.
Used Future EP2 (out now)
Young Barbarian EP3 (coming in early September)