English Teacher at o2 Ritz Manchester

English Teacher at The Ritz
Photo by Denmarc Creary

Leeds, UK-based English Teacher – comprised of Lily Fontaine (vocals, rhythm guitar, synth), Douglas Frost (drums, piano, vocals), Nicholas Eden (bass) and Lewis Whiting (lead guitar) –  is “a vital voice from the heart of UK guitar music” (NME). Last month the band announced their highly-anticipated debut album, This Could Be Texas, will be released last year via Island Records.

Produced and mixed by Marta Salogni (black midi, Depeche Mode, Björk), This Could Be Texas bursts with intricate, math-rock leanings and meticulously crafted melodies with lyrics that explore far-ranging themes including social issues, struggling to belong, mental health and science fiction. As NME praised in their recent cover story, their new music is a “bold, rhythmic, revamp,” drawing on influences as varied as “psychedelia to wobbly art punk.” From their earliest days practising in basements, to gigging at grassroots venues and more, This Could Be Texas is a fitting reflection of English Teacher’s work.

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