Edinburgh quartet The Spook School not only have one of the best names around at the moment – it could, after all, be some kind of 70s cartoon rather than the Glasgow modern artists of the victorian age it (presumably) references, but they also make joyously DIY pop-punk. They’ve just released a new album, Try to Be Hopeful via Fortuna Pop!, the follow up to 2013’s Dress Up.
They’re about to play three album release shows – two at Edinburgh’s Banshee Labyrinth on Oct 26/27th, before heading down to London to play at the new DIY space for London, and they’ve just announced their first UK headline tour in November. To coincide with all this, they’ve just released a new video for the single “Binary”, directed by Nathan Griffin from vegan DIY punkers Martha.
The song shows the band off in all their off kilter, scruffy best – taking little buts from C86, The Buzzcocks and more. It’s edgy, and on one hand slightly dour, while managing to include this almost joyous singalong in the same sentence. It’s turbocharged, spraying trashy drums and messy guitar work in its wake.
Yeah, that good. Check it out, here