Thematically the album addresses issues of gender identification, stereotypes and narrow expectations. The commentary is clear-eyed, blunt, and at times biting. But the delivery is declarative rather than complaining, resulting in a message that is bold and hopeful. Musically, the guitars bristle, buzz and crunch in a satisfying fashion. This is a burly sound that should bring to mind The Buzzcocks and The Wolfhounds -- fist pumping noise pop that commands your feet to move.
Try To Be Hopeful is out now via Fortuna POP!
The Spook School is Nye Todd, Adam Todd, Anna Cory, and Niall McCamley.
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