English Teacher Deliver An Apocalyptic Monologue In “Wallace”

Alternative punk

Photo: Sophie Jouvenaar

UK band English Teacher capture the feeling of being nestled in a place of impending doom yet choosing to selectively ignore it in their new single “Wallace.” Named after the band-leader of the Titanic, “Wallace” taps into our tendency to look for distractions and ignore the elephant in the room – which in this case can mean a sinking ship figuratively and literally. With their propulsive riffs that channels a raw charm, “Wallace” is an omen ready to be played on-repeat: 

On their newest single, the band explained: “‘Wallace’ is an apocalyptic monologue about what happens when people listen to Wallace Hartley, the band-leader of the Titanic, as a distraction to the sinking of the ship. Born in my hometown, his name is stretched across the door of our local Wetherspoons – thinking about the irony of this got me wrapped up in how the metaphor perfectly expressed my feelings towards the political leanings of the area and the general rise of the right-wing in modern England.” 

“Wallace” is out now via Nice Swan Records. The band will hit the road soon:

12 Aug – Record Junkee, Sheffield (w/ FEET)

13 Aug – Deaf Institute, Manchester (w/ FEET)

14 Aug – Margate (Sports Team’s Margate Bus Trip 2021)

25 Aug – YES, Manchester (Nice Swan showcase w/ Hallan & Jaws The Shark)

18 Sept – Psyched Fest, Portsmouth

21 Oct – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham (w/ TV Priest)

31 Oct – Bootleg Social, Blackpool (w/ SPRINTS)

02 Nov – Rough Trade Bristol (w/ TV Priest)

03 Nov – Moth Club, London (w/ TV Priest)

10 Nov – Oporto, Leeds (w/ SPRINTS)

13 Nov – Stag & Dagger Festival, Glasgow

14 Nov – Stag & Dagger Festival, Glasgow