English Teacher share ‘Mental Maths’, the latest reveal from debut EP ‘Polyawkward’, out April 22nd via Nice Swan Records

English Teacher share ‘Mental Maths’, the latest reveal from debut EP ‘Polyawkward’, out April 22nd via Nice Swan Records


“A Leeds post-punk  four-piece who take their place in the front rank of great new British bands” The Sunday Times

  “The fierce and magnetic draw of a future punk great” NME

“Leeds post-punkers with an eye for a cutting one-liner” DIY

“Matching barbed, often hilarious lyricism against bundles of askew guitar pop riffery” Clash


Leeds risers English Teacher share thrilling new effort ‘Mental Maths’ (out March 29th), marking the latest reveal from the group’s eagerly anticipated debut EP ‘Polyawkward’ arriving next month via Nice Swan Records (Sports Team, Pip Blom, FUR).

Newly confirmed to support US indie icons Yeah Yeah Yeahs on their UK tour this summer, the band’s unstoppable rise shows no signs of easing anytime soon, with their own debut UK headline tour also lined up next month, followed by countless festival dates and autumn shows with fellow Yorkshire breakout stars Yard Act.

Detailing their latest EP offering, bandleader Lily Fontaine revealed: “”Mental Maths’ is an expression of social anxiety and sensory overload through the catastrophising of a trip to the supermarket.”

With a formidable 2022 already well underway, English Teacher’s status as key players amongst the emerging indie elite continues to develop at an impressive rate, with the NME 100, DIY Class of 2022 and Dork 2022 Hype List figures attracting widespread critical acclaim (The Sunday Times, NME, DIY, Dork, So Young, The Line Of Best Fit, Clash, Gigwise) and countless spins on the BBC Radio 1 (Jack Saunders, Gemma Bradley), BBC 6 Music (Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, Huw Stephens) and KEXP airwaves.

Produced by Theo Verney (TRAAMS, FEET, Lazarus Kane), English Teacher’s ‘Mental Maths’ is out March 29th via Nice Swan Records and will be available on all digital platforms. Pre-order debut EP ‘Polyawkward’ here.

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


Polyawkward (EP) Tracklist

01 – Polyawkward

02 – A55

03 – Mental Maths

04 – Yorkshire Tapas

05 – Good Grief


Live Dates

16th April – Stockton Calling

25th April – Brudenell Community Room, Leeds

26th April – YES Basement, Manchester

28th April – Camden Assembly, London

1st May – Get Together Festival, Sheffield

7th May – The Garage, Glasgow (The Road To The Great Escape)

10th May – The Grand Social, Dublin (The Road To The Great Escape)

12th May – The Great Escape Festival

14th May – The Great Escape Festival

18th May – Les 3 Elephants Festival, Laval, France

19th May – L’International, Paris, France

21st May – Foul Weather Festival, Le Havre, France

5th June – O2 Apollo, Manchester (w/ Yeah Yeah Yeahs)

16th July – Gorilla, Manchester

5th Aug – Bingley Weekender

18th-21st Aug – Green Man Festival

16th Sept – The Bullingdon, Oxford (w/ Yard Act)

21st Sept – The Sugarmill, Stoke On Trent (w/ Yard Act)

22nd Sept – The Crescent, York (w/ Yard Act)

23rd Sept – The Polar Bear, Hull (w/ Yard Act)