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English Teacher Release Final LP Single “R&B” – Debut Album “This Could Be Texas” Due April 12th via Island Records

February 19, 2024
Photo Credit: Denmarc Creary

ENGLISH TEACHER release final LP single ‘R&B’

Debut LP ‘This Could Be Texas’ set for release April 12th via ISLAND RECORDS

Leeds indie figureheads English Teacher share intoxicating new effort ‘R&B’, out now (following its BBC 6 Music Huw Stephens premiere), marking the latest single taken from debut LP ‘This Could Be Texas’(pre-order here), set for release April 12th via Island Records ahead of their biggest UK headline tour to date.

Commenting on the single, frontwoman Lily Fontaine explained: “When I was with him I had writer’s block and to add insult to irony, the only idea I had was for an R&B top line – the genre people always assumed I worked in. As soon as he ended it, I converted that top line into the lyrics and riff for ‘R&B’, and took it to my three best mates. Putting the effort that you could potentially put into a partner, back into yourself and your career, is cool and sexy and gets you signed to Island Records and writing press quotes in a tour van in Holland and you get to meet Jools Holland. Thanks lad.”

English Teacher commences with this distinct and gritty bass tone, the cascading notes ignite the journey and are joined with a prominent percussive beat which leads to some captivating drum fills exploding into the arrangement. Immediately this complex atmosphere pulls you in, the soft yet dominating vocal notes join the exploration and are intensified as they flow through their range throughout the voyage. The lyrics embrace this raw attitude before the soundscape intensifies again with the crushing guitar and fierce wall of sound cascading on the expansive ambience. The shredding notes and the electrifying drum fills unite the power of each musician. This is such an ardent ensemble, with infectious energy at the forefront of this release, you’ll be singing back to the words in no time at all. The track just escalates in power and dazzles.

That raw attribute is captured throughout with ease, there’s this resilience to the ample creation. English Teacher have created this obnoxious composition but that word is such a compliment for this obliterating arrangement. The tone identifies this outfit, the lyrics fixate your attention but ultimately the fierce unity of this outfit assists in the immersive instrumentation. The sonic soundscape emits this biting momentum and charged chaos, the skewed rhythmic guitar notes soar through the aura which is challenged by the mighty bass notes, immense drum fills and intoxicating vocal melodies.

This release showcases a tighter version than the 2021 release, with the focus on the softer yet sensational vocal melodies and the fierce instrumentation. The outfit has found their voice and found their footing, their forthcoming record is destined for greatness.

Preceded by initial LP reveals ‘Albert Road’, ‘Mastermind Specialism’, ‘Nearly Daffodils’ and ‘The World’s Biggest Paving Slab’ (the latter three all A-listed on BBC 6 Music), English Teacher’s stunning ascent continues to reach new levels, having completed sold-out debut UK and US headline runs last autumn, following their thrilling debut appearance on Later With…Jools Holland (watch here). Named as Official Independent Venue Week Artist Ambassador for 2024 (following in the footsteps of Wolf Alice, Arlo Parks, Wet Leg & Beabadoobee), the four-piece have just finished a sold-out UK run, having previously been vocal advocates for unblocking the regional pipeline (Fontaine has written pieces for both NME & DIY on these issues). Currently in the midst of an extensive European tour with Irish outfit SPRINTS, Fontaine will also be DJ-ing at BBC 6 Music Festival in Manchester this March, before the band embark on their biggest UK headline tour to date later in the spring to coincide with their album release.

With acclaimed debut EP ‘Polyawkward’ ushering their extraordinary rise in the last few years, 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/Observer, The Times, The Independent, The Sunday Times, The New York Times, Evening Standard) and key UK/US indie titans (NME, DIY, Dork, So Young, TIME Magazine, 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.

Detailing the accompanying visuals (directed by Sarah Oglesby and Sodium Films), the group revealed: “This is an ode to 2021’s original ‘R&B’ video and to Douglas snogging himself. It’s an ode to self-love and an ode to not putting up with bullshit. It’s an ode to the chaos of the calm and the calm of the chaos. It’s an ode to the greatest TV show of all time – The Shivering Truth. Here’s to theatre and here’s to behind the scenes. We fight. We break up. We kiss. We make up. Once again directed by the incredibly talented Sarah Oglesby (Sodium Films), we hope you enjoy.”

Produced by Marta Salogni (Bjork, Bon Iver, M.I.A.), English Teacher’s ‘R&B’ is out now via Island Records and available on all digital platforms.

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

‘This Could Be Texas’ (LP) Tracklist
01 – Albatross
02 – The World’s Biggest Paving Slab
03 – Broken Biscuits
04 – I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying
05 – Mastermind Specialism
06 – This Could Be Texas
07 – Not Everybody Gets To Go To Space
08 – R&B
09 – Nearly Daffodils
10 – The Best Tears Of Your Life
11 – You Blister My Paint
12 – Sideboob
13 – Albert Road

Live Dates
20th Feb – Kranhalle, Munchen, GER*
22nd Feb – Vera, Groningen, NL*
23rd Feb – Rotown, Rotterdam, NL*
24th Paradiso Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam, NL*

8th May – Concorde 2, Brighton
9th May – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
10th May – Thekla, Bristol
11th May – Clwb lfor Bach, Cardiff
13th May – The Bullingdon, Oxford
15th May – The Foundry, Sheffield
16th May – Irish Centre, Leeds
17th May – Mash House, Edinburgh
18th May – King Tuts, Glasgow
21st May – Ulster Sports Club, Belfast
22nd May – Whelans, Dublin
24th May – Gorilla, Manchester
25th May – Castle and Falcon, Birmingham
28th May – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
29th May – Electric Brixton, London



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