3rd September | Exchange

The Spook School have always specialised in crafting anthems for society’s most unheard groups.

Since the four-piece band’s inception in 2012, they’ve celebrated diversity and body positivity – encouraging their fans to just be themselves. Marrying topical and forward-thinking lyrics with a jangly rock sound that’s earned them comparisons to Buzzcocks and David Bowie, they’ve carved out a sound that’s truly their own. It’s not hard to see why the band have garnered such a big cult following, as well as countless critical praise.

Earlier this year, fans were hit with the news that the band were splitting. But, thankfully, not without one last hurrah. The Spook School are set to go out on one final UK tour across August and September, including a show at Bristol’s Exchange. It follows not long after the band’s last album, 2018’s excellent Could It Be Different? Tackling big topics such as a gender dysmorphia, sexual assault and depression and fusing them with big life-affirming hooks, it showed the group doing what they do best.

No doubt The Spook School will leave a huge hole in the LGBTQ+ music scene with their disbandment, but let’s not think about that for now. Instead, just make sure you’re there at Exchange to have one final singalong with the band while you still can.

See the video for ‘Body’ here: