The Edinburgh, Scotland quartet Spook School played a brand of indie pop that combined the hookiness of C-86 bands like Shop Assistants with the punky energy of the Buzzcocks, then added lyrics that dealt passionately with sexuality and gender.
Formed while the members were attending the University of Edinburgh, Nye Todd (guitar/vocals), Adam Todd (guitar/vocals), Anna Cory (bass/vocals), and Niall McCamley (drums) made their first recordings (in Adam Todd's bedroom) and released the happily lo-fi results on cassette in 2012 with the title I Don't Know, You Don't Know, We All Don't Know the Spook School. It was followed by a single for Cloudberry Records later that year, which led to them catching the ear of the Fortuna POP! label. The indie pop mainstay signed the band and released their first album, Dress Up, in 2013. The album's energy and raft of catchy songs earned them a burgeoning following and a slot at the 2014 N.Y.C. Popfest. That same year their shared love of sketch comedy paid off with the band being invited to do the music for the second season of the BBC3 show Badults. The band's second album further explored gender identity. As Nye began testosterone therapy, his voice started changing subtly as the recording process continued. Try to Be Hopeful was issued in October of 2015, again by Fortuna POP!. ~ Tim Sendra, Rovi