English Teacher announce biggest headline tour for May






English Teacher announce debut LP ‘This Could Be Texas’ (pre-order here), set for release April 12th via Island Records

New single ‘Albert Road’ out today (January 19th)

Biggest UK headline tour to date announced for May


Leeds indie heavyweights English Teacher announce debut LP ‘This Could Be Texas’ (pre-order here), set for release April 12th via Island Records, and share poignant new track ‘Albert Road’, arriving today (January 19th) alongside news of their biggest UK headline tour to date this spring.

Marking the culmination of a band who have worked tirelessly to craft and develop their music – from their earliest days practicing in basements around Leeds, to gigging at grassroots venues and more, the group’s debut record provides a fitting reflection of their work to date. With its intricately layered and meticulously crafted melodies, the four-piece explore far-ranging themes such as a lack of belonging, collective anxiety and insecurity, as explained by enigmatic bandleader Lily Fontaine:

Sonically and lyrically, it’s about not being quite like one thing, nor quite like another. It’s a feeling of not really fitting in, of struggling to find where you belong.” In several songs, Fontaine reflects on growing up as a mixed-race individual in a place, she says, “where many didn’t have any tolerance towards people who are different” in a post-Brexit landscape.

This is exemplified by the gentle, gorgeous balladry of newest LP reveal ‘Albert Road’“Don’t take their prejudice to heart / They hate everyone / The world around them never showed / How loving can be fun,” Fontaine sings on this emotive album standout. Guitar driven with touches of synth and brass, it’s reminiscent of the crushing heart-on-sleeve lyricism of The National’s Matt Berninger. “And that’s why we are how we are” Fontaine sings at the song’s end, as it builds up to a screaming crescendo.

Preceded by initial LP reveals ‘The World’s Biggest Paving Slab’, ‘Nearly Daffodils’ and ‘Mastermind Specialism’, which all landed on the BBC 6 Music playlist, English Teacher’s remarkable 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). Announced as Independent Venue Week Artist Ambassador for 2024 (following in the footsteps of Wolf Alice, Arlo Parks, Wet Leg & Beabadoobee), the four-piece are primed to hit the road later this month, before embarking on their biggest UK headline tour to date 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, 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 for their latest single, Fontaine revealed: “When people ask where I’m from I usually say I’m mixed race: half Yorkshire, half Lancashire. It allows me to divert with comedy from the potential connotations of that question, which change wildly depending on who’s asking it. One end of Albert Road in Colne is cold, underfunded and uninspiring; the other is warm at night with live music. It sums up how I look back on the place I lived for 19 years.”

Drummer Douglas Frost added: “’This video, co-directed alongside the talented Sarah Oglesby at Sodium Films, represents the complex feelings of love one might have towards their hometown. I wanted Albert Road to have a dream-like feel whilst keeping a firm grip on reality. That’s why we chose to film in one of our favourite pubs in Leeds, The Cardigan Arms –  its classic interior was a great juxtaposition to the ethereal qualities of the video. There are also a few Easter eggs for those die hard English Teacher fans (if you’re out there please make contact). This is technically my directorial debut so sit back, shut up and be nice.”

Produced by Marta Salgoni (Bjork, Bon Iver, M.I.A.), English Teacher’s ‘Albert Road’ 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

28th Jan – The Crescent, York29th Jan – The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge31st Jan – Moles, Bath1st Feb – Polar Bear, Hull2nd Feb – Whereelse?, Margate3rd Feb – Bedford Esquires, Bedford

8th May – Concorde 2, Brighton9th May – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth10th May – Thekla, Bristol11th May – Clwb lfor Bach, Cardiff13th May – The Bullingdon, Oxford15th May – The Foundry, Sheffield16th May – Irish Centre, Bristol17th May – Mash House, Edinburgh18th May – King Tuts, Glasgow21st May – Ulster Sports Club, Belfast22nd May – Whelans, Dublin24th May – Gorilla, Manchester25th May – Castle and Falcon, Birmingham28th May – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham29th May – Electric Brixton, London






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