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English Teacher Release New Track ‘Wallace’ – Out Now via Nice Swan Records

July 8, 2021
Photo Credit: Sophie Jouvenaar

ENGLISH TEACHER Release ‘Wallace’


Last year, Nice Swan Records started the monthly Nice Swan Introduces… series to shine a light on the most exciting emerging talent. Following releases with the likes of Sports Team, Pip Blom, Hotel Lux & FUR, The series introduced a whole wave of new and exciting talent including Jelly Cleaver, Courting, Sprints, Hallan, Malady, Mandrake Handshake, Opus Kink Anorak Patch cementing Nice Swan Records as one of the country’s most exciting independent record labels. Now, final Volume 1 additions Leeds’ English Teacher share soaring new effort ‘Wallace’, the B-side to Nice Swan Introduces offering ‘R&B’.

Surging onto the scene in late spring with pulsating anthem ‘R&B’English Teacher have certainly made quite the early impression. From the raw, distorted guitar and bass of Sonic Youth and Slint to the white-knuckle drums and assertive vocals of punk purveyors Shame, the alt-rockers’ versatility is clear for all to see, with punchy B-side ‘Wallace’ providing further evidence of what to expect from the emerging quartet in the coming months.

Having first met whilst studying in Leeds and remained in the city harnessing their craft and recording demos ever since, the four-piece, marshalled by enigmatic frontwoman Lily Fontaine (also part of Yorkshire risers Eades), have sought inspiration from social issues, literature and wit for their initial releases, whilst also benefiting from previous experience alongside legendary producer/engineer Ken Scott (The Beatles, David Bowie, Elton John).

With a slew of acclaim from the likes of NME, DIY, Dork, The Line Of Best Fit, So Young and Beats Per Minute greeting the arrival of ‘R&B’, as well as excitement across the BBC Radio 1 (Jack Saunders, Gemma Bradley) and BBC 6 Music airwaves (Steve Lamacq, Huw Stephens), it’s fair to say English Teacher are generating substantial momentum. Upcoming live dates alongside label-mates FEET and SPRINTS, as well as Sports Team’s annual Margate Bus Trip, leave them primed to take further advantage as they cement their growing status across the indie landscape.

Detailing their newest single, the band explained: “‘Wallace’ is an apocalyptic monologue about what happens when people listen to Wallace Hartley, the band-leader of the Titanic, as a distraction to the sinking of the ship. Born in my hometown, his name is stretched across the door of our local Wetherspoons – thinking about the irony of this got me wrapped up in how the metaphor perfectly expressed my feelings towards the political leanings of the area and the general rise of the right-wing in modern England.”

Nice Swan Records · English Teacher – Wallace

English Teacher spare no time to jump straight into their latest release. “Wallace” starts on the first note, guitar, ferocious tone, and the immersive vocal notes and raw lyrics, these attributes all hit you from the moment you press play. There’s no denying that English Teacher have this explosive energy which resonates throughout each passage. A serious post-punk tonality flourishes through the coarse textures of the track. This dense exploration dynamically shifts to introduce that string piece we (titanic film fans) all know so very well. The introduction to this brings with it this wave of emotion which weaves into the brooding ensemble. Another sharp shift and the hypnotic riff re-emerges and builds up the intensity to the release once more.

A riotous exploration with a sharp edge, willing to allow this unpredictable turn to become a bold focus as the release flawlessly flows. Once more, English Teacher have released this single where the tone identifies this outfit, the lyrics fixate your attention but ultimately the fierce unity of this outfit assists in the immersive instrumentation.

Produced by Theo Verney (TRAAMS, FEET, Lazarus Kane), English Teacher’s ‘Wallace’ is out now ia Nice Swan Records and available on all digital platforms.

English Teacher are Lily Fontaine (vocals, rhythm guitar, synth), Douglas Frost (drums, synth), Nicholas Eden (bass, synth), Lewis Whiting (lead guitar, synth).

Live Dates
12 Aug – Record Junkee, Sheffield (w/ FEET)
13 Aug – Deaf Institute, Manchester (w/ FEET)
14 Aug – Margate (Sports Team’s Margate Bus Trip 2021)
25 Aug – YES, Manchester (Nice Swan showcase w/ Hallan & Jaws The Shark)
18 Sept – Psyched Fest, Portsmouth
21 Oct – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham (w/ TV Priest)
31 Oct – Bootleg Social, Blackpool (w/ SPRINTS)
02 Nov – Rough Trade Bristol (w/ TV Priest)
03 Nov – Moth Club, London (w/ TV Priest)
10 Nov – Oporto, Leeds (w/ SPRINTS)
13 Nov – Stag & Dagger Festival, Glasgow
14 Nov – Stag & Dagger Festival, Glasgow


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