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(SXSW 2016 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #369 and #370: The Spook School and WOMPS

By on Wednesday, 20th January 2016 at 11:00 am

Editor’s note: we’re making some exciting changes in the way we cover SXSW 2016 this year, especially in the way we preview all the bands that we want to introduce you to before the big event in Austin in March. Read all about our big plans here.

Scottish bands The Spook School and WOMPS have two traits in common aside from their origins in Scotland: both released new music in October 2015, and both are scheduled to appear at SXSW this coming March.

Edinburgh twee-pop outfit the Spook School are taking it easy to start off the new year, as transgender band member Nye Todd (guitar/vocals) recovers from his recent “top” surgery, which he has discussed on the band’s Facebook.  The Spook School, comprising the aforementioned Nye Todd, along with Adam Todd (guitar/vocals), Anna Cory (bass/vocals) and Niall McCamley (drums), collectively write and perform sunny, upbeat indie pop songs whose lyrics forthrightly tackle the deep issues of gender identity, sexuality and romantic relationships.


Their aptly-titled second album ‘Try to be Hopeful’ was released last autumn on Fortuna POP! and featured the high energy single ‘I Want to Kiss You’. The song is described in the album’s press release as “[capturing] the excitement and anticipation of meeting someone, thinking they’re the most interesting person ever and not wanting to wait to see them again.”

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Glaswegian punk-grunge hybrid duo WOMPS is an evolution of the now-defunct experimental music project Algernon Doll, involving Ewan Grant on guitars and vocals and Owen Wicksted on drums. Their first double-sided single was produced by none other than Steve Albini, who worked with grunge rock legends Nirvana and more recently with American indie rock band Cloud Nothings. The WOMPS single release included the tracks ‘Live a Little Less’ and ‘Dreams on Demand’, which is featured in the video below. WOMPS are expected to release their first full-length LP in the early part of this year on London indie record label Damnably.



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