Album of the Month – April 2024

Rough Trade Records

April 15th, 2024


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Island

Piercing lyricism and invigorating versatility, the left-field Leeds rockers step up to the plate as guitar music’s next hottest property.

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Who

Fronted by a vital voice in Lily Fontaine, English Teacher serve a fine lesson in noir-lyricism and intoxicating basslines, which will have you very quickly hooked. The rising quartet, also including guitarist Lewis Whiting, drummer Douglas Frost and bassist Nicholas Eden, have showcased impressive versatility on their journey so far, releasing a string of singles and EPs with esteemed indie labels Nice Swan and Speedy Wunderground. The band now release their debut on Island Records, a full-length project where we have no doubt both the message and music will resonate.

What

An eagerly awaited debut drawing from the raw simplicity of post-punk with a heartening originality. English Teacher  have long been on our radar, grafting within their beloved grassroots scene to cement their place as one of the most exciting contemporary indie bands of the moment. At a first glance, the band appear to feed into popular post-punk tropes with the “sprechgesang” vocal style yet thematically, the band are much sharper and more sentimental. This Could Be Texas explores themes of identity, stereotypes and a post-Brexit landscape, with Fontaine perceptively reflecting on growing up as a mixed-race individual in a place “where many didn’t have any tolerance towards people who are different”. 

With

For fans of: Honeyglaze, Life Without Buildings, Yard Act


Don’t Miss…

Browse our full list of Rough Trade Edit titles and listen to/follow our dedicated Album of the Month Spotify playlist below.


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