by Bill Pearis
It takes about eight seconds listening to The Spook School's debut album, Dress Up, to realize they're from Scotland -- they make no attempts to cover up their Edinburgh accents. It takes about 30 seconds to realize there's nothing twee about them, maybe apart from their name. Dress Up rocks, and is filled with big hooks, shouty choruses, memorable lyrics and is generally raucous fun. (If you like the Martha album, you'll probably like this too.) Stream the whole thing below.
The band are here for NYC Popfest, playing the all-day show at Littlefield on Sunday (6/1) with The Popguns, Colour Me Wednesday, Gold-Bears and more. (Tickets are still available.) They're also playing a few other East Coast dates while here, includingBrooklyn's Bar Matchless on Friday, June 6 with Lost Gloves, LA's Heathers (another Popfest band), and Light Therapy who are making their live debut at this show.
All dates are listed, plus a tour flyer and the album stream, below...
Spook School - 2014 Tour Dates
May 31 - WFMU Record Fair - NYC
Jun 01 - Littlefield - Brooklyn, NY
Jun 02 - The Windup Space - Baltimore, MD
Jun 04 - Mr Roboto Project - Pittsburgh, PA
Jun 05 - PhilaMOCA - Philadelphia, PA
Jun 06 - Matchless - NYC
June 07 - Skinny Pancake - Burlington, VT
Jul 25 - Midland Railway Centre - Ripley, UK
Oct 04 - The Maze - Nottingham, UK