August 13, 2023

English Teacher: The World's Biggest Paving Slab

English Teacher
photo: Tatiana Pozuelo

Leeds based pop noir quartet English Teacher are sitting on the fence between art rock and new wave on their latest single, The World's Biggest Paving Slab. Having a bigger budget after being picked up Island Records did not get in the way of retaining their abrasive sound. They are still pulling no punches and point the fingers at the powers that be and making a case for appreciating the overlooked and ignored, as well as reading poetry.

Singer Lily Fontaine wrote it in 2018 in her final year of university. Moving to the city after growing up in a rural environment took its toll, but it sowed the seeds for their most ambitious effort to date. The video was made by Claryn Chong.

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

Live dates:
  • 06/20 MS Dockville Festival, Hamburg, Germany
  • 06/25 Leeds Festival
  • 06/27 Reading Festival
  • 10/08 District, Liverpool
  • 10/21 Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
  • 10/22 McChuills, Glasgow
  • 10/23 Cluny 2, Newcastle
  • 10/24 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
  • 10/26 Scala, London
  • 10/27 The Louisiana, Bristol
  • 10/28 Heartbreakers, Southampton
  • 10/29 The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
  • 10/31 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
  • 11/01 Night & Day Cafe, Manchester


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