The Spook School

The Spook School

The Spook School are purveyors of taut, triumphant indie with a deft gender-political message. With a new album on the way, make sure you don't miss their C86-inspired sound and agit-pop lyrics.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 10 Aug 2015
  • min read
Who? The Spook School are Nye Todd (guitar, vocals), Anna Cory (bass, vocals), Adam Todd (guitar, vocals) and Niall McCamley (drums).

What? Pert indie-pop with a gender-political message.

From where? Edinburgh.

What’s the story? The Spook School are purveyors of taut, triumphant pop songs that are drenched in the nostalgia of punk-rock and C86 indie.

But this four-piece aren’t just in thrall to the raw energy of The Shop Assistants, The Raincoats and Buzzcocks - their agit-pop lyrics set a very 21st century agenda.

Since forming in 2012, they’ve become leading lights in the burgeoning DIY queer punk scene, alongside like-minded bands Martha, Joanna Gruesome, Trust Fund and Tuff Love.

Now on to album number two – Try to Be Hopeful – they’ve progressed from the lyrical innocence of their debut to tackle head-on issues around gender, identity and destructive stereotypes.

Together, they pen direct melodies and plaintive lyrics speak of disillusionment, detachment and a drive to change things for the better.

The album, released in October through Fortuna Pop!, also marks a more muscular sound than 2013’s Dress Up, helped in part by Hookworms head honcho MJ on production duties.

Now with plaudits rolling in from both the broadsheets and the music press, it seems that The Spook School might be ready to graduate from their tight-knit scene to take on the mainstream.

Sounds like? Perfect lo-fi punk-rock reimagined for a culturally complex world.

Predicted to? Capture the hearts and minds disaffected music fans everywhere.

Must hear? Fizzy anthem Burn Masculinity.