The Spook School returned in October with their brand new album, Try To Be Hopeful, and are following up the release with a UK tour, including a date at the Black Box in Belfast on Saturday November 14.
The Spook School are Anna Cory (bass and vocals), Adam Todd (guitar and vocals), Nye Todd (guitar and vocals) and Niall McCamley (drums).
Since forming in 2012 they’ve become increasingly involved with the DIY queer punk scene, taking inspiration from the passionate, like-minded people they’ve met along the way, and from bands such as Martha, Joanna Gruesome, Trust Fund and Tuff Love.
Citing influences including Buzzcocks, T-Rex and the noisier end of C86, the new album is louder, bolder, and captures more of their live sound—aided and abetted by producer MJ of Hookworms.
Lyrically, Try To Be Hopeful is more direct than their first album, exploring issues around gender and identity, the destructive stereotypes that are generally accepted as the norm, and the difficulties of fighting them and building alternatives.
Tickets for the Belfast show are on sale now from all usual outlets,