SPOOK SCHOOL, THE

TRY TO BE HOPEFUL (FORTUNA POP!)

SPOOK SCHOOL, THE - TRY TO BE HOPEFUL 88538
Format:
1 CD
Release:
23.10.2015
Label:
FORTUNA POP!
Kat.-Nr.:
88538
Barcode:
5060044172540
Since forming in 2012 they've become increasingly involved with the DIY queer punk scene. Citing influences including Buzzcocks, T-Rex and C86, the new album is louder, bolder, fuller-sounding and captures more of their live sound-aided and abetted by producer MJ of Hookworms.

They have toured the US, where they became the subject of a Rolling Stone documentary. Lyrically, its more direct than their debut, exploring issues around gender and identity.

Songwriting is split between all 4 members, giving a different perspective and energy to each song.

"Richard and Judy" talks about conservatism and how easy it is to accept that this is what "normal" is and how schools are "such horrible little places of enforced heteronormativity".

The opening track, "Burn Masculinity" (on a new Plan-It-X Records comp), is an empowering anthem for our time that challenges male privilege.

The first single proper, "I Want To Kiss You", captures the excitement and anticipation of meeting someone, thinking they're the most interesting person ever and not wanting to wait to see them again.

"It's totally about kissing people," concludes Nye. Perhaps the standout track is "Binary", a song about questioning gender norms, something that Nye's experience of coming out as being trans has forced him to think about.."I'm so proud and fortunate to know quite a few amazing people who openly identify as non-binary, genderqueer or other non-binary identities - they exist in the world on their own terms and consistently challenge something that so many people just take as read.

This song has quickly become a live favourite, prompting massed choruses of the "I am bigger than a hexadecimal" line.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. BURN MASCULINITY
  • 1.2. RICHARD AND JUDY
  • 1.3. FRIDAY NIGHT
  • 1.4. SPEAK WHEN YOU'RE SPOKEN TO
  • 1.5. AUGUST 17TH
  • 1.6. EVERYBODY NEEDS TO BE IN LOVE
  • 1.7. VICIOUS MACHINE
  • 1.8. I WANT TO KISS YOU
  • 1.9. BOOKS AND HOOKS AND MOVEMENTS
  • 1.10. BINARY
  • 1.11. TRY TO BE HOPEFUL