As Spector.part of the bank holiday madness we put our finest Red Stripe navigation heads to the test as we made our way from Notting Hill Carnival to Camden Barfly to catch one of London’s hottest tipped new acts,
First up were new wave eccentric three piece Cymbals whose lo-fi set was credit to their debut album ‘Unlearn’, another slice of excellent new-music pie that Rory Atwell (ex Test-Icicle) has been poking his proverbial producer fingers into. Next up was Brighton’s well-critiqued Gross Magic who describe their sound as ‘glunge’. There was positively more grunge than clunge with an impressively tight performance driven by dirty guitar and the high-pitched vocals of front man Sam McGarrigle. This young act have quite a following already and it is easy to see why.
Spector graced the stage to a sold out crowd at the Barfly, with every person in the room either on the band-hype wagon already or wanting to discover what the hype around the London five piece is about. Exuding so much geek chic that he could sell it by the brogue load – former Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man front man Fred Macpherson drives the performance of highly infectious indie-pop songs. In-between the catchy lyrics and immense dance outbursts (including the occasional mid-song scissor kick) we get an added insight into the wonderful World of Fred as he narrates us into each energetic burst of a performance. The set is relatively short with the crowd pleasing first single ‘Never Fade Away’ making a solid appearance and also the soon to be released single ‘What You Wanted‘, a set that has whet our appetite for future Spector releases.
Spector have just announced details of ‘Spectour 1’, their first major UK tour supporting the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, Slow Club, Peter and the Pirates and Summer Camp from now until November.
The next single ‘What You Wanted’ is out September 18th. Watch the video for ‘What You Wanted’ here filmed on the band’s home turf in Dalston.
Spector Live Dates
11/09 – Kirkstall Abbey – Leeds (w/ Kaiser Chiefs)
17/09 – Split Festival – Sunderland
26/09 – Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London (w/ Slow Club)
02/10 – Turner Gallery – Margate (w/ Summer Camp)
12/10 – Nice N Sleazys – Glasgow
13/10 – A Nation of Shopkeepers – Leeds
14/10 – Bungalows and Bears – Sheffield
15/10 – Shipping Forecast – Liverpool
18/10 – Roadhouse – Manchester
19/10 – Start the Bus – Bristol
20/10 – Shacklewell Arms – London
23/10 – Swn Festival – Cardiff
29/10 – Battersea Power Station // Relentless Freeze – London
10/11 – La Fleche D’Or – Paris (w/ Pete and The Pirates)
11/11 – London Calling Festival – Amsterdam
12/11 – Constellations Festival – Leeds