April 25, 2022

English Teacher: Polyawkward

English Teacher
photo: Tatiana Pozuelo

Leeds based pop noir quartet English Teacher have released their debut EP Polyawkward, singing about panic attacks in a supermarket Mental Maths, and driving up and down the North Wales Expressway (A55). They created a modern day love story with Good Grief, about a couple named Track and Trace, a couple trying to navigate through life in lockdown and its subsequent hassles, who are keeping tabs on each other and the outside world via the internet.

With their out-of-the-box rhythmical approach and lead singer's Lily Fontaine deadpan vocals, reaching a peak with the spoken word in Yorkshire Tapas, the band is a breath of fresh air in the post-punk niche. Title track Polyawkward even has some prog elements, proving that the quiet-loud-quiet scheme pioneered by the Pixies can be combined a bit of orchestral synths.

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

English Teacher: Polyawkward

Polyawkward is released via Nice Swan Records (vinyl, digital).

  1. Polyawkward
  2. A55
  3. Mental Maths
  4. Yorkshire Tapas
  5. Good Grief

Live dates:
  • 04/25 Brudenell Community Room, Leeds, UK
  • 04/26 YES Basement, Manchester, UK
  • 04/28 Camden Assembly, London, UK
  • 05/01 Get Together Festival, Sheffield, UK
  • 05/07 The Garage, Glasgow (The Road To The Great Escape), UK
  • 05/10 The Grand Social, Dublin (The Road To The Great Escape), UK
  • 05/12 The Great Escape Festival, Brighton and Hove, UK
  • 05/14 The Great Escape Festival, Brighton and Hove, UK
  • 05/18 Les 3 Elephants Festival, Laval, France
  • 05/19 L’International, Paris, France
  • 05/21 Foul Weather Festival, Le Havre, France
  • 06/05 O2 Apollo, Manchester (w/ Yeah Yeah Yeahs), UK
  • 07/16 Gorilla, Manchester, UK
  • 08/05 Bingley Weekender, Bingley, UK
  • 08/18-21 Green Man Festival, Crickhowell, UK
  • 09/16 The Bullingdon, Oxford (w/ Yard Act), UK
  • 09/21 The Sugarmill, Stoke On Trent (w/ Yard Act), UK
  • 09/22 The Crescent, York (w/ Yard Act), UK
  • 09/23 The Polar Bear, Hull (w/ Yard Act), UK

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