THE WORLD'S BIGGEST PAVING SLAB OUT NOW
The new single from ENGLISH TEACHER (FKA Frank) is a riff-based battle of perspectives of the self - through the frame of a small town’s local celebrities.
Speaking about the track, singer and guitarist Lily explains:
“I wrote the song in one day but it is a song I had been wanting and trying to write for a long time. Moving to a city for university forced me to reflect on how my experience of growing up in and around Pendle, witnessing the social, economic and political issues that exist around here in juxtaposition with the beauty of the landscape and the characters that live within in it, has shaped me into the artist and person that I am. I found the stories of the semi-rural small-town much more interesting and much more important to talk about than the tired old conversation on romantic love.”
English Teacher’s surreal lyricism forms the backbone of their strain of alternative, which sees post-punk, psychedelic rock and indie influences collide.
Their DIY debut EP ‘Valentine’, recorded to 8-track tape in their drummers’ bedroom saw praise from BBC Introducing in West Yorkshire, and they spent 2018-2019 supporting artists such as Boogarins, No Vacation and Yellow Days at some of the UK’s stalwart independent venues including The Old Blue Last, The Castle Hotel and Brudenell Social Club. Having recently worked in Normandy with James Sanger (Manic Street Preachers, The Cure, Brian Eno) and Ken Scott (The Beatles, David Bowie, Pink Floyd), their single ‘The World’s Biggest Paving Slab’ was released in February of 2020 - covering the themes of existentialism and social issues that form the basis of their forthcoming extended-release.
This year will also see the band’s debut festival appearance, as they join the Live At Leeds roster alongside Shame, Working Men’s Club, and The Wytches.
‘Great title to this Rogue Florist, that's a first… love those phasing vocals, big swelling guitars, a beautiful piece of music.’
-Alan Raw, BBC Introducing West Yorkshire
‘The beautiful, hazy, sounds of @areufrank'
- BBC Introducing West Yorkshire Twitter