Four bands to check out if you like post-punk and deadpan female vocalists

Sprechgesang's having a moment. Forget Fontaines, oblique melodies and an air of art-school amateurishness unite these bands as being some of the UK'S buzziest.


The Early Mornings

Who? The Early Mornings are Annie Leader (vocals/guitar), Rhys Davies (drums), and Danny Shannon (bass). The trio from Manchester cite their influences as Lou Reed, Bob Kaufman and Cate Le Bon and mix angular guitars with caustic lyrics about life’s mundanities.

Listen to: ‘Days Spent’

Dry Cleaning

Who? Flo Shaw was a late arrival to Dry Cleaning but its her sardonic sprechgesang that sets the quartet aside from their peers. Check out their critically acclaimed debut album ‘New Long Leg‘.


Listen to: ‘Scratchcard Lanyard’

Goat Girl

Who? The OGs. Since their 2018 self-titled debut, Goat Girl have been firmly embedded in the same south London punk scene that bred Shame, Black Midi and Fat White Family. Their sound has evolved, weaving in more electronic and poppy elements for 2020 album ‘On All Fours‘, but the ferocity is still there, just with a slightly jauntier edge.

Listen to: ‘P.T.S.Tea’

Wet Leg

Who? The Isle of Wight’s next big thing! Duo Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers’ debut single has been hailed by everyone – from 6 Music to NME – as their song of the summer. We squeezed our way to a very packed tent at Latitude festival to catch them play one of their first shows last month and trust us when we say, they’re more than just one-hit wonders.

Listen to: ‘Chaise Longue’

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