Photography by Tatiana Pozuelo

Sophie Gwillim

A bit lost in life but I like music quite a lot – Bristol based creative working freelance in the music and events industry, I hope you like what I have to say

The northern four piece provide your go to remedy for heartbreak and introspection with a post-punk delicacy for life’s rough patches

English Teacher’s latest single ‘Nearly Daffodils solidifies their place as a rising force in the British music scene. Fresh off announcing their biggest UK headline tour to date this October, this Leeds-based quartet is making waves that seem unstoppable.

Signed to Island Records and gracing stages like Reading & Leeds and Green Man Festival, English Teacher’s ascent has been nothing short of meteoric. This track, an eclectic tapestry of harmonic reverb and a vibrant sonic landscape, sets the stage for the raw and Northern vocals of Lily Fontaine, whose presence injects an unapologetic “life’s a bitch” attitude into every note.

‘Nearly Daffodils’ is a moody anthem of heartbreak and the acceptance of unfilled potential, holding the message that, sometimes, it is what it is. This track is a musical emergency kit, a glass box with a hammer labelled “break in case of love life problems.”

With its empowering instrumental and downcast lyrics, this song is tailor-made for those who find solace in reminiscing about the rough patches in life. It’s the perfect blend of post-punk authenticity and an upbeat, cathartic energy that pulls no punches.

The lyric “Sometimes it tears like a freight train, through a christening, displacing new growth and making everything ugly” reflects the band’s unfiltered honesty and angst toward the world we navigate. ‘Nearly Daffodils’ is a masochistically melancholic masterpiece that’s bound to resonate with anyone who’s ever found beauty in life’s ugliest moments.

Listen to ‘Nearly Daffodils’ here:

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