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The Spook School
If a debut LP is an artist’s introduction to the world and their sophomore release is their now-or-never moment, their third is their most cathartic. Glasgow,Scotland’s indie pop optimists The Spook School, despite personal and political obstacle, made it out, and their latest full-length Could It Be Different? is here. It’s been a journey of self-discovery and feel-good realism; modern, dance-friendly indie pop fueling the fun. They made a name for themselves for their exultant and empowering pop, and now, they’ve shown real growth in nuance.

The Spook School are Nye Todd (guitar/vocals), Anna Cory (bass/vocals), Adam Todd (guitar/vocals) and Niall McCamley (drums). Since forming in 2012, they’ve released two records to critical acclaim: 2013’s Dress Up, a gender-binary eradicating release—noisy, cheery pop critical of social construction and its limitations, and 2015’s Try to Be Hopeful, a celebration of queer and trans identities from a place of newfound self-assurance.

Could It Be Different? Is, well, different—it’s a collaborative album of personal storytelling that works through life’s hardships with positivity—even at their most beaten down, The Spook School manage to find hope free of naivety. That’s clear the second the album opens with “Still Alive,” and its ascending chorus (and soon-to- be crowd favorite) of “Fuck You, I’m Still Alive,” written by Nye after surviving an emotionally abusive relationship. The song avoids villainizing the past, instead, it celebrates the present and welcomes the unknown future.

Could It Be Different? is a human release—a record full of the insecurities and anxiety that arrive after self-awareness, in learning something new and potentially frightening about yourself. But at it’s heart is joy—there’s no desolation on the LP, because The Spook School manage to find light in moments of darkness. All things glum must pass—even if hope comes only in the form of acceptance.

“We try to take sad songs and not shy away from them, but come out thinking ‘things will change.’ Otherwise everything would be dreadful and I feel bad enough as it is,” Niall laughs. “We need a bit of light in our lives.” Adam agrees, “We started this for fun. We want our shows to be fun. We want the people who come to our shows to feel welcomed, and to have fun. There’s a bit of party in our songs, no matter what the subject matter is.” Why cry when you can dance?

The Spook School
If a debut LP is an artist’s introduction to the world and their sophomore release is their now-or-never moment, their third is their most cathartic. Glasgow,Scotland’s indie pop optimists The Spook... + more bio

Tour Dates
Date Location Venue
01/29/18 Mon Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place with Diet Cig, Lala Lala
01/30/18 Tue Toronto, ON, Canada The Garrison with Diet Cig, Lala Lala
01/31/18 Wed Detroit, MI Marble Bar with Diet Cig, Lala Lala
02/01/18 Thu Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge with Diet Cig, Great Grandpa
02/02/18 Fri Madison, WI The Sett at University of Wisconsin with Diet Cig, Great Grandpa
02/03/18 Sat Minneapolis, MN Whole Music Club with Diet Cig, Great Grandpa
02/05/18 Mon Lawrence, KS White Schoolhouse with Diet Cig
02/06/18 Tue Omaha, NE Reverb Lounge with Diet Cig, Great Grandpa
02/07/18 Wed Denver, CO Lost Lake Lounge with Diet Cig
02/08/18 Thu Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court with Diet Cig
02/09/18 Fri Boise, ID Neurolux with Diet Cig, Great Grandpa
02/10/18 Sat Vancouver, BC, Canada The Cobalt with Diet Cig, Great Grandpa
02/11/18 Sun Seattle, WA Chop Suey with Diet Cig
02/12/18 Mon Portland, OR Aladdin Theater with Diet Cig
02/14/18 Wed San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop with Diet Cig
02/15/18 Thu Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst Atrium with Diet Cig, Great Grandpa
02/16/18 Fri Los Angeles, CA Lodge Room with Diet Cig
02/17/18 Sat San Diego, CA Soma You Are Going To Hate This Fest 3
02/19/18 Mon Tucson, AZ Club Congress with Diet Cig, Great Grandpa
02/21/18 Wed Austin, TX The Sidewinder with Diet Cig, Great Granpda
02/22/18 Thu Dallas, TX Three Links with Diet Cig, Great Grandpa
02/23/18 Fri New Orleans, LA Hi Ho Lounge with Diet Cig, Great Grandpa
02/24/18 Sat Atlanta, GA The Masquerade - Hell Stage with Diet Cig, Great Grandpa
02/25/18 Sun Asheville, NC The Mothlight with Diet Cig, Great Grandpa
02/26/18 Mon Charlotte, NC Neighborhood Theatre with Diet Cig, Great Grandpa
02/27/18 Tue Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle - Backroom with Diet Cig, Great Grandpa
02/28/18 Wed Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel with Diet Cig, Great Grandpa
03/01/18 Thu Brooklyn, NY Elsewhere with Diet Cig, Great Grandpa
03/02/18 Fri Allston, MA Brighton Music Hall with Diet Cig, Great Grandpa
03/03/18 Sat Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church with Diet Cig, Great Grandpa
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