Tag Archives: Rough Trade Records

Introducing…Special Interest

Special Interest is a four piece punk band emerging from New Orleans, Louisiana. Combining elements of No-Wave, Glam, and Industrial Special Interest create a frenetic and urgent revisioning of punk and electronic music for a modern world gone mad. Propulsive drum machines, a swirling layer of detuned samples, and a driving bass line create the foundation across which angular guitar work and dissonant synth lines glide. Front and center are Alli Logout’s commanding vocals and razor sharp lyrics moving from high camp satire to insightful political imperatives often within the course of one song.

Special Interest have returned with a new single, ‘(Herman’s) House’, their first for Rough Trade Records. It comes with a video directed by Special Interest and Juicebox Burton alongside vocalist Alli Logout.


The muses of La Musa: SOAK

Born Bridie Monds-Watson, SOAK (which is a combination of “soul” and “folk”) is a 23-year-old Northern Irish singer-songwriter from Derry fighting for gay rights — and making really incredible music while doing it. The soulful prodigy released her debut album, Before We Forgot How to Dream, in 2015 at only 19 years old.

Three years after the release of their Choice Music Prize-nominated second album, Grim Town, SOAK is set to make their triumphant return with If I Never Know You Like This Again – out on May 20, via Rough Trade Records.

Music by Bergman: Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts inject their brand of deadpan post punk with the raw rock’n’roll of The Stooges, blistering funk, and early American hardcore. Since forming in 2010, the Brooklyn band has released a steady stream of music, including four studio albums and a handful of EPs, collaborations, and an LP under their Parkay Quarts alias. 

Parquet Courts have announced their new album, Sympathy for Life, due out October 22nd via Rough Trade Records. As a preview, the Brooklyn indie rockers unveiled the propulsive lead single, “Walking at a Downtown Pace.”