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Live Review: Spector - 15/10/15

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★★★★

My first observation, is that Spector fans are very tall. Granted, this is just a general observation but there must have been something in the water for 6”2 guys with a taste for some slick indie in Nottingham.

Spector

Since dropping absolute banger of a debut Enjoy It While It Lasts back in 2012, a band member departed, a new one joined and two others changed roles. Also, frontman Fred Macpherson’s hair is now long enough to be braided. Their latest album Moth Boys is synth-laden and eerily darker. That’s what you missed.

The guys enter with wide grins and a buzz surrounding them. Pulsating straight into new number ‘Lately It’s You’ a sultry fog is cast. Synths bounce off the wall and land in pint glasses. The evening is already glamorous, in its own laddish way.

“Something new, now something old” lushes Fred “It’s Grey Shirt and Tie.” Cue applause. Cue slurs and the communal putting of arm round your mates shoulders.

New tracks ‘Bad Boyfriend’, ‘Believe’ and ‘Kyoto Garden’ are greeted like old friends, as the crowd take on the responsibility of lead vocals. Solemn lyrics spur unison, a melancholic magic.

The band’s presence is mesmerising, they play effortlessly, meeting at the end of each track to decide on the next.

Fred becomes the Casanova of Nottingham, flirting with the bouncing, feel good nature of ‘Stay High’. He makes eye contact, serenading every member of the audience, promising a life in the ‘West End’. ‘You could be my new lifestyle’ he hushes to the front row, deadly serious. 

 

Darting across the stage with power grabs and an unstoppable fizzy energy, ‘Decade of Decay’ could do just that that your teeth.

‘Celestine! Celestine!’ one lad chants between the tracks. “I think you’re all warmed up.” the buzzing front-man judges.

The high energy punch caused havoc, we all became hooligans feeding from the upbeat, pop rhythm and chanting lyrics. Straight into a boisterous rendition of ‘Friday Night, Don’t Ever Let It End’.

‘Twenty Nothing’ gave a real thrill. After a solid four minutes of stomping, screaming lyrics, arm waving and ‘woah oh oh oh oh’s’ there was a gasp for air at the end.

Debuting ‘Using’ live, the crowd listened eagerly to the drony, gritty tones and glitchy electronica. Thankful for the drop in pace.

‘Never Fade Away’ was an all clapping, all swaying, all feeling the love, highlight.

Made to get on the floor to bounce up, it was a very sweaty, ‘Chevy Thunder’.

Closing the set with ‘All The Sad Young Men’ it was official, Spector were back, and it was well worth the wait.

 

 

The Londoners hypnotise audiences, are pied pipers for copycat lyrics, kings of emotive performances, and proper up for a good time.

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