April 13, 2024

English Teacher: This Could Be Texas

photo: Denmarc Creary

Leeds based pop noir quartet English Teacher is always one step ahead rhythmically, making it a challenge to predict where they will go next. It makes their debut album This Could Be Texas special, proving that post-punk can team up with art rock and New Wave to create something that defies pigeonholing. Their boldness is not just a pose, but very real, taking shit from nobody. The defying I'm Not crying, You're Crying sums it quite nicely.

The title track takes a swipe at the wisdom of crowds, with a glorious jazzy piano part that will strike a chord with fans of Kate Bush. Lead singer Lily Fontaine can't get over the fact that her voice isn't suited for R&B, but it is actually a blessing in disguise, because her almost spoken word phrasing fits like a glove with the upfront bass, in-your-face drums and shimmering guitar.

The band is ready for the next step in terms of playing bigger venues - the first leg of the UK tour is completely sold out. Recommended if you like The Au Pairs, The Breeders. and Wet Leg. They proclaim that is it OK that Not Everybody Gets To Go Space, but they sure will get off the ground with this album and enjoy the view from up there.

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

English Teacher: This Could Be Texas

This Could Be Texas is released via Island Records (vinyl, CD, digital).

  1. Albatross
  2. The World’s Biggest Paving Slab
  3. Broken Biscuits
  4. I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying
  5. Mastermind Specialism
  6. This Could Be Texas
  7. Not Everybody Gets to Go to Space
  8. R&B
  9. Nearly Daffodils
  10. The Best Tears of Your Life
  11. You Blister My Paint
  12. Sideboob
  13. Albert Road

Live dates:
  • 04/26 Le Printemps De Bourges, France
  • 05/08 Concorde 2, Brighton, UK
  • 05/09 Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, UK
  • 05/10 Thekla, Bristol, UK
  • 05/11 Clwb lfor Bach, Cardiff, UK
  • 05/13 The Bullingdon, Oxford, UK
  • 05/15 The Foundry, Sheffield, UK
  • 05/16 Irish Centre, Leeds, UK
  • 05/17 Mash House, Edinburgh, UK
  • 05/18 King Tuts, Glasgow, UK
  • 05/21 Ulster Sports Club, Belfast, UK
  • 05/22 Whelans, Dublin, UK
  • 05/24 Gorilla, Manchester, UK
  • 05/25 Castle and Falcon, Birmingham, UK
  • 05/28 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
  • 05/29 Electric Brixton, London, UK
  • 06/01 Usina, Dudelange, Luxembourg
  • 06/02 Maifeld Derby, Mannheim, Germany
  • 06/07 Best Kept Secret, Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands
  • 07/06 Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark
  • 07/12 Pohoda, Trencin, Slovakia
  • 07/14 TRNSMT, Glasgow, UK
  • 07/26 Truck, Oxford, UK
  • 07/27 Tramlines, Sheffield, UK
  • 07/28 Latitude, Suffolk, UK
  • 08/04 Y Not, Derbyshire, UK
  • 08/08 OYA, Oslo, Norway
  • 08/09 Way Out West, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 08/11 Boardmasters, Cornwall, UK
  • 08/29 Cala Mijas, Malaga, Spain
  • 08/30 Kalorama, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 08/31 Nox Orae, La Tour-De-Peliz, Switzerland
  • 09/01 End of the Road, Salisbury, UK
  • 10/03 Le Hasard Ludique, Paris, France
  • 10/25 Le Grand Mix,Tourcoing, France
  • 10/26 London Calling, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 10/27 Knust, Hamburg, Germany
  • 11/01 Neue Zukunft, Berlin, Germany
  • 11/03 Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
  • 11/12 O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, UK
  • 11/14 O2 Ritz, Manchester, UK
  • 11/18 St Luke’s, Glasgow, UK
  • 11/19 Boiler Shop, Newcastle, UK
  • 11/21 SWX, Bristol, UK

» englishteacherband.com

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