HAILING from Edinburgh, DIY punk-pop quartet The Spook School’s second album, Try To Be Hopeful, was released via Fortuna POP! last week.
It’s bursting full of triumphant, fun and upbeat songs about gender and identity, with songwriter Nye Todd’s lyrics exploring a personal journey as a transgender front-person, which became the subject of a Rolling Stone documentary earlier this year when the band toured North America.
Their music is the theme tune for BBC3 comedy series Badults, and members Anna Cory, Niall McCamley and Adam Todd moonlight as stand-up comedians.
Catch them live at Edinburgh’s Banshee Labyrinth on 26 and 27 October, followed by Glasgow’s the Hug and Pint on 30 October and an extensive UK tour. Watch the video for excellent single Binary directed by Nathan Griffin of label mates Martha: https://youtu.be/pNkxOOIDcCQ n
• Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the Born To Be Wide music industry seminar and social evenings. Their next event is at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus on 5 November. www.borntobewide.co.uk