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. 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.
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