The Spook School's Niall McCamley unveils new project
With The Spook School soon to embark on their farewell tour, Niall McCamley reveals his new project, Squiggles
Forget the Avengers. The only superhero we're interested in is the orange and pink spandex-clad crime fighter in the video for Bend Becomes Break, the first single from Squiggles, the new project from The Spook School's Niall McCamley.
Here's the Squiggles mantra:
"You are not alone. You are a Squiggle. Together we are Squiggles. Squiggles is not a band. Squiggles is a cult.
"One Squiggle is random, alone, lacking meaning and direction. A million Squiggles can be a blueprint. Squiggles can be anything and everything."
McCamley explains that Squiggles comes from a dark place – that he'd been struggling with mental health issues, but the death of Frightened Rabbit's Scott Hutchison gave him a renewed focus.
"Scott Hutchison sped up the process of Squiggles," says McCamley. "The Spook School were meant to play Frightened Rabbit's inaugural Glasgow festival The First Incident. Squiggles was something I had been threatening to do for a long time but never really committed. If there is some small piece of hope and love I can take from Scott is that I’m not alone. If there’s any way I make other people feel less alone and more hopeful I want to give myself to that cause with everything I have. This project of a mental health cult called Squiggles is meant to be fun, it’s meant to be silly, and it’s meant to be sad."
Squiggles debut single, Bend Becomes Break, is out today (26 Apr) – you can stream it here. Watch the single's video, directed by Richie Morgan, in the below YouTube player (click here if it's not displaying correctly).
Bend Becomes Break comes in advance of Squiggles' The Recruitment Drive EP, set for release on 17 May. The EP was recorded with Chris Smith and Joanne McCafferty from Life Model in "bedrooms, living rooms, and practice rooms around Glasgow."
The Recruitment Drive's Tracklist:
Bend Becomes Break
Everything I Did is Just Like Everything I’ve Done
We’ve Got Everything You Need
I Need You More Than You Need Me
Do You Wanna Join?
With no live Squiggles shows announced yet, catch McCamley behind The Spook School's drum kit on their upcoming farewell tour, including stops at Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh (30 Aug) and The Art School, Glasgow (7 Sep). Full details here: theskinny.co.uk/music/news/the-spook-school-announce-farewell-tour