The Northern groove machine that is International Teachers Of Pop have announced details of their eponymous debut album, a UK tour and a free download of an idiosyncratic take on a Pink Floyd classic.
International Teachers Of Pop were formed a mere 10 months ago when The Moonlandingz founders/writers Adrian Flanagan (Eccentronic Research Council) and Dean Honer (All Seeing I/I Monster) recruited lead singer Leonore Wheatley (The Soundcarriers) at a ‘Circuit Bending Workshop’ in South Yorkshire.
Since then, the trio has recorded a session for Marc Riley’s BBC 6 Music show, as well as supporting former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker and disco queen Roisin Murphy. Their single, ‘After Dark’, fused elements of Giorgio Moroder and Martin Rushent with their native Sheffield’s abiding love of synthesizers.
Considering its position in the great pop pantheon, Adrian Flanagan said of International Teachers Of Pop’s debut: “I think it’s the third most important outsider pop album to come out of Sheffield since [Human League’s] Dare and [Pulp’s] Different Class.
“Sheffield has a great history of drawing out these awkward, gangly weirdoes that make a very British, nay eccentric, kind of pop music that stews in the underground for a few years then appears seemingly from nowhere fully formed, like a very peculiar butterfly.
“International Teachers Of Pop is a bonafide 125 BPM cuddle for the masses!”
Accompanying the release of the album is a free download of a cover of the Pink Floyd classic, Another Brick In The Wall. Sung in German, the non-album track will be available exclusively via the bands web store with purchases of the album – but you can listen to it here.
International Teachers Of Pop’s debut album is released on 08 February 2019.
16 - Glasgow, Broadcast
17 - Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
18 - Newcastle, The Cluny
19 - Manchester, YES
20 - Bristol Exchange
21 - London, Oslo
22 - Sheffield, Leadmill
23 – Liverpool, District