Leeds post-punkers English Teacher have released a video for their new single ‘R&B’.
I don’t know any other way to put this: to me, English Teacher sound exactly like Dry Cleaning. Same angular guitar riffs, same wall of distortion, same gritty bass tone, same cartoonishly flat vocal drawl. The only difference is that Dry Cleaning’s Florence Shaw’s unique timbre sounds menacing and haunted, while English Teacher’s Lily Fontaine just sounds bored and over the song the second it starts.
As you probably could have guessed, the title refers not to the genre of music English Teacher are attempting, but rather acts as an example of Fontaine attempting something she’s uncomfortable with just to please some asshat who’s spooning someone else. Directly referencing KEXP is the surest way to appear on the influential alt-rock station, or so I’ve been told.
The song comes with a video that looks like it was filmed in a single day in someone’s dingy apartment. “A fridge, a funeral and a fancy dinner,’ the band explains about the accompanying video. “Beans, balloons and a beret. We filmed the video in a day against a blank wall in our living room. It tackles whatever you want it to tackle.”
Right on then, chaps. The video is in fact a charmingly low budget DIY production, complete with an imperfect green screen and a minimal amount of props to really show that these are true indie types, man. I don’t know, it all comes up a bit short for me. I know where to find aggressively agro post-punk that pairs the banal with hair raising excitement. If that’s what I’m really craving, I doubt English Teacher will be my first go-to.
However, don’t just take my word for it. Check out the video for ‘R&B’ down below to form your own opinion.