Songs To Learn And Sing – You Walk Through Walls, Josh Weller, The Spook School

We interrupt our “Tips or 2013” coverage to bring you news of three rather excellent new tunes!

You Walk Through Walls

‘Say Goodbye’ is just one of a quintet of outstanding tunes from by You Walk Through Walls’ forthcoming début EP. If driving chiming walls of guitar, yearning sweeping melodies reminiscent of early Ride are your thing, then You Walk Through Walks will certainly tick all your musical boxes. Full of subtle desolate beauty and understated drama, the “Destroyed Places EP” is out on December 3rd on limited transparent blue vinyl 10″ via the always-wonderful AC30 label.

 

Josh Weller

Josh-weller- The Von Pip Musical Express

 

Will the real Josh Weller please stand up? ;) You may know him for his gravity defying quiff, his outsize glasses and his sartorial elegance, or possibly for his fabulous 2008 Christmas duet with Paloma Faith? You may also know him as one of THE funniest tweeters on twitter – a medium he employs to devastating effect in order to shed light on the eternal agony of the human condition. Tweets such as “Stare at a Volvo for 90 minutes. It’s the same as watching Twilight” and For Halloween I’m dressing up as that time you were moved by Coldplay” or even ” The lift down to Hell plays Taylor Swift” demonstrate, if you ain’t following him your twitter experience is seriously diminished and you need to fill that Josh shaped void pronto! But now he’s gone all serious and Sinead O’Conner-ish with his latest video ‘Swan Dive’ a song of exquisite beauty which for some reason reminds us of New Years Eve. We related this fact to Josh and he replied ” Tell you what, I’ll sing it to someone at the stroke of midnight and see it if it gets me anywhere…” Top of the charts perhaps ;) Actually it’s a bit too good for that.

 

The Spook School

spook-school photo by Dom Holt

The Spook School are a four-piece DIY indie-pop group from Edinburgh, Scotland. They play a kind of wry ramshackle lo fi indie that recalls a time when students wore socialist worker badges and sat in halls of residence listening to new music via an old tranny (by old tranny we mean transistor radio and not a musical octogenarian cross dresser). Yes indeed a time when going to Uni wasn’t just about becoming an employable drone, it was also about personal growth aimed at developing skills of understanding the world, of criticising, rethinking and challenging. Nowadays it’s all I-Pads, Excel spreadsheets, semi religious business pyschobabble and consumerism, a place where Mumford & Sons are regarded as “alternative” within a culture that deems students “customers.” Moreover, Uni’s rather than being beacons of enlightenment are now corporate business entities that strive to provide an environment geared toward said consumers. However what you want is not always what’s best or you and is not the same thing as a good education. Fuck me! Where did THAT come from- AHEM! – Sorry, as ever, we digress!

The Spook School are Nye Todd and Adam Todd who play guitar, sing, Anna Cory plays bass, and Niall McCamley plays drums apparently none of them really know how to do this ‘music’ thing they’re just four friends trying to play pop tunes in whatever way they can. This track,’You Don’t Know’ is from their new five track E.P ‘I Don’t Know, You Don’t Know, We All Don’t Know the Spook School’ which is released on December 17th 2012 via Soft Power Records. If you’re still not convinced, you need this EP in your life you may be swayed by the fact it also contains a track called ‘Can You Ever Trust a Man Who Thinks Matt Damon’s Really Cool?’

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