Saturday 5 January 2013

The Spook School

May I jump on The Spook School bandwagon? Yes? Thanks. They're creating such excitement not because they do anything blindingly original, you understand, but because they do the basics so much better than most. They remind me of This Poison! and those Pastels singles in the early 90s when they really had the pep in their step.

There's not just buzzsaw riffs, mind, there are see-saw guitar solos and neat switch vocals primed with a shedload of brio and enough panache to melt the coldest of hearts. "I know all your favourite records, but I don't expect you to really care," they sing on You Don't Know, right after the cheeky line about "going to bed with Sticky Fingers". This is pop music that's fun, direct and immediate.

They've even got a song called Can You Ever Trust A Man Who Thinks Matt Damon's Really Cool? What's not to love?

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