Fortuna POP! presents
THE SPOOK SCHOOL
With Joey Fourr + Wolf Girl
Thursday 29th October, Doors 7pm
DIY Space For London
96-102 Ormside Street, London SE15 1TF
Nearest station South Bermondsey
Advance: £6.50 from We Got Tickets / £8 Door
THE SPOOK SCHOOL
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, their new album Try To Be Hopeful is louder, bolder, fuller-sounding and captures more of their live sound—aided and abetted by producer MJ of Hookworms.
Try To Be Hopeful follows The Spook School’s critically acclaimed debut album Dress Up (2013), which received plaudits from the Guardian (which featured them as a New Band of the Day), Uncut which called it “a rewarding, multi-layered debut” and Loud and Quiet which said, “this is music for the young and disillusioned, but identifiable to anyone who’s ever been frustrated by the grievances of identity and growing up.” The Spook School have since seen their music used on TV, having recorded the theme tune for BBC Three series “Badults” (Adam, Anna & Niall all have sidelines in the world of comedy), and have also toured the US, where they became the subject of a Rolling Stone documentary and met Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!.
Fun and empowering, Try To Be Hopeful is brim full of noisy, tuneful and triumphant queer pop songs about identity, sexuality and being awesome. It’s the sound of a band growing up, embracing their identities, and taking charge at the world. But amidst the fight for a place in society for everyone, there’s still time for love, friendship, and fun. With their bold, fizzy and electrifying anthems, The Spook School are the shot of optimism we’ve been hoping for.
Underneath the Joey Fourr pseudonym (or the clear off kilter imagery and 90s normcore via pastel look) is James Prendergast, former frontman of Kingston math rock band Tubelord. Spending the last couple years nestled deeply in the far corners of the DIY underground (and producing some pretty great zines and cartoons along the way), Joey has soaked up a spectrum of psychedelic, jangly and funk music to produce his debut To The Floorr— an album that’s as instantly catchy as pop, as swirling as psych, and brimming with a weird shade of cuteness that could rival any decent J-pop. With DNA similar to the skewed pop of someone like Connan Mockasin.
A hairy, scary garage pop four-piece based in London.