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English Teacher Release New Single “Mastermind Specialism” Out via Island Records

November 27, 2023
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Release intricate new cut ‘Mastermind Specialism’ via ISLAND RECORDS

Overall Independent Venue Week Ambassador for 2024 (following Wolf Alice, Wet Leg, Arlo Parks

Leeds indie sensations English Teacher release intricate new single ‘Mastermind Specialism’, out now via Island Records, alongside news of their biggest headline show to date at London’s Electric Brixton on May 29th 2024.

Following their thrilling debut appearance on Later With…Jools Holland earlier this month (watch here), English Teacher’s relentless momentum shows no signs of slowing, having also recently been announced as overall Independent Venue Week Artist Ambassador for 2024 (following in the footsteps of Wolf Alice, Arlo Parks, Wet Leg & Beabadoobee).

Speaking ahead of their introspective latest release, frontwoman Lily Fontaine stated: “Decision paralysis is an ache that has murmured in me through sitting on smaller fences, through to questioning my theology, my sexuality, my career and so on. Watching Jaco Van Dormael’s incredible sci-fi/fantasy Mr Nobody put the cause and effect of this issue into perspective; my life has been consistent in its inconsistency. 12 different houses across the country and mixed-race I’ve always been a bit in-between and I think that’s where this song, and a lot of the songs we’re due to release, come from. “That’s a bit of an essay so alternatively you can just say I responded with “ .

English Teacher deliver this fragile creation brimming with heart, sincerity and emotion. Wrapped in the delivery, the delicate harmonies and the looping notes build this infectious melody and tune. This is a truly stunning ensemble that lets the band drop their guard and touch on more powerful words. Fontaine’s clear and charismatic vocal tones add this personal touch to the track, the vocals stir the momentum of this release and vividly paint a clear picture, and each musician rides the emotive current with their perfectly positioned instruments and pivotal textures.

Preceded by initial LP reveals ‘The World’s Biggest Paving Slab’ and ‘Nearly Daffodils’ which both landed on the BBC 6 Music playlist (A-List), English Teacher’s stunning ascent continues to reach new levels, having completed sold-out debut UK and US headline runs over the autumn, in addition to their first NME cover and widely celebrated slots at Reading & Leeds, Reeperbahn and Green Man Festival earlier this year.

With acclaimed debut EP ‘Polyawkward’ ushering their extraordinary rise in the last 18 months, the band’s biting social commentary and unique musical soundscapes have certainly positioned them as influential figures within the emerging indie landscape. Critical praise throughout the broadsheets (The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, The Sunday Times) and key UK/US indie titans (NME, DIY, Dork, So Young, The FADER, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan, NYLON, Rolling Stone UK, Loud & Quiet, The Line Of Best Fit, Clash, The Forty-Five), as well as on the BBC Radio 1 (Jack Saunders, Gemma Bradley), BBC 6 Music (Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne) and Apple Music (Elton John) airwaves has enhanced their profile significantly; whilst on the live circuit the group have already supported acts including Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Paolo Nutini, Parquet Courts and Yard Act, in addition to notable debut slots at SXSW and Glastonbury.

Produced by Marta Salgoni (Bjork, Black Midi, Animal Collective), English Teacher’s ‘Mastermind Specialism’ is out now via Island Records and available on all digital platforms.

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

Live Dates
12th Dec – The Lexington, London (End Of The Road Christmas Party)
28th Jan – The Crescent, York
29th Jan – The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
31st Jan – Moles, Bath
1st Feb – Polar Bear, Hull
2nd Feb – Whereelse?, Margate
3rd Feb – Bedford Esquires, Bedford
29th May – Electric Brixton, London


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