1/26/2018

The Spook School's new album 'Could It Be Different?' is out today, US tour launches Monday - read their new interview with OUT Magazine

The Spook School's new album Could It Be Different? is out today, US tour launches Monday - read their new interview with OUT Magazine
VIDEO: "Body" -
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Today The Spook School releases its eagerly anticipated third album Could It Be Different?, on Slumberland Records and Alcopop! in the UK - available to stream on all platforms now!  Check out their latest video "Body" via Noisey. On this track and in this video the band takes on the subject of body dysphoria & body acceptance in their own gleeful way. Also check out their new interview with OUT Magazine and guest playlist for TIDAL. The band also launches its North American tour supporting Diet Cig on Jan. 29 - see full list of dates below.
“The Spook School team the most sugary, bright melodies with songs of angst and discontent…a growing arsenal of anthems for the outsiders” – DIY Magazine [4/5]

“A blueprint for a brighter indie future” – The Line of Best Fit [8.5/10]

“A brilliant record…another highlight in a discography which gets more wonderful by the year” - NARC Magazine [5/5]

“One of the most exciting and important bands of their era” – Allmusic [4/5]

“Unashamedly optimistic…Postcard Records-indebted indie pop that complements their ethos perfectly” - Under The Radar [7.5/10]

“Buzzcocks-inspired dance-friendly raucousness…a cathartic celebration of newfound self-assuredness” - UNCUT Magazine [7/10]

“Such an important record for so many who may feel out of place” – Spectral Nights

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: they’ve made it out, they’re here. Glasgow,
Scotland’s indiepop 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 indiepop 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. The band, whose name
originates from the Glasgow School, have lived a lot of life since then: Could It Be Different? was
written from space that follows aplomb. “You’re comfortable with yourself, as much as you
ever can be but you have to live with that person anyway,” Nye says of the record, “There are
more questions than answers. That’s why the title works well—it has that insecurity to it.”
Adam agrees, “It also comes from a place of feeling like everything definitely isn’t alright now,”
pausing. “Maybe things could change?”

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.

The energy of working through the wicked exists all over Could It Be Different? “Bad Year”
makes personal connections with universal ennui, the debilitating feeling of an atrocious
political climate and the desire to do better.

“I wrote the lyrics the day after the Brexit vote in the U.K. I was feeling very despondent,” Nye explains. “There’s this pressure when something bad happens, to immediately be able to cope and know exactly what to do. Sometimes you need to take a moment for understanding before making a contribution.” In “Body,” the band struggles with image while coming to terms with the criticality of self-love. For Nye, it’s a present journey after learning to embrace his trans identity. “Less Than Perfect” and closer “High School” recall youthful insecurity and the road to becoming comfortable with who you are—self-consciousness isn’t something we all grow out of, but it’s something we all can relate to—adolescence can be traumatizing, but learning to love yourself is invaluable.
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?
UK TOUR DATES
JANUARY
27th - Album Launch Show w/ Martha + Shopping. Stereo, Glasgow, UK
APRIL
20th Manchester Punk Festival w/ Propagandhi
21st The Maze, Nottingham, UK
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2018
01/29 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place # ^
01/30 Toronto, ON @ The Garrison # ^
01/31 Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar # ^
02/01 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge # &
02/02 Madison, WI @ University of Wisconsin # &
02/03 Minneapolis, MN @ University of Minnesota # &
02/05 Lawrence, KS @ White Schoolhouse #
02/06 Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge & #
02/07 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge #
02/08 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court #
02/09 Boise, ID @ Neurolux # &
02/10 Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt # &
02/11 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey #
02/12 Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater #
02/14 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop #
02/15 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst # &
02/16 Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room #
02/17 San Diego, CA @ You Are Going To Hate This Fest 3 #
02/19 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress # &
02/21 Austin, TX @ Sidewinder # &
02/22 Dallas, TX @ Three Links # &
02/23 New Orleans, LA @ Hi Ho Lounge # &
02/24 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade # &
02/25 Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight # &
02/26 Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre # &
02/27 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle # &
02/28 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel # &
03/01 Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere # &
03/02 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall # &
03/03 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church # &
# = w/ Diet Cig
^ = w/ Lala Lala
& = w/ Great Grandpa

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