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The Spook School, Try To Be Hopeful (Fortuna Pop Records)




The Spook School, Try To Be Hopeful (Fortuna Pop Records)
CD Reviews: April 14, 2016

04/14/16
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 This politely noisy Scottish quartet purvey a blend of queer-rock that’s like Tribe 8 after getting bonked over the head by Glinda the Good Witch’s wand. It’s punk, yes, but the vocals border on twee (or Bananarama when bassist Anna Cory is singing) when delivering their messages of gender identity/confusion and the kerfuffles that come with it. Under the hood, their stuff rates about a 7 on the spazz scale, often coming off like the Buzzcocks in their cumulative sound, but with a little more self-control. Résumé bullet points include contributing soundtracking to the BBC series Badults, hanging with Laura Jane Grace of Against Me and being featured in a Rolling Stone documentary, which is all well and good, and they’re lo-fi and dweeby enough to matter to a variety of genre purists, but being that this sound has been around for 35 years or more, they’ll have to keep this rig on the road for many tours to come if they’re interested in attaining A-List status. Meanwhile, bonus points, I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more distorted arpeggio than the one in “August 17th.” A-






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