LED by Fred Macpherson on vocals, Jed Cullen on guitar, Danny Blandy on keyboards and Tom Shickle on bass, London four piece Spector have been busy with album number two ‘Moth Boys’.
Compared to The Killers, The Strokes and even Pulp, by the Guardian, indie quartet Spector produce follow up to their debut album ‘Enjoy It While It Lasts’ returning with a revamped lineup, plus a matured and sophisticated new sound.
Musically, the sound that the band produces is incomparable to any other and adds a fresh new tone to the tracks.
Lyrics from the enigmatic front man Fred McPherson ring reminiscent of a Courteeners track with deep and elongated vocals. These are perfectly blended with Danny Blandy’s synthesized keyboard, most notable in tracks ‘Using’ and ‘Believe’.
Giving the album depth and a true sense of an emotional journey as the album progresses, McPherson’s lyrics have matured and developed into cleverly constructed tracks.
Touching upon themes such as heartache, despair and even drug abuse, the lyrics are intriguing enough to sit and listen alone in your room but raunchy enough to chant back at festivals in the summer.
Some critics have deemed the band victims of being over-hyped and never quite living up to the full potential that they perhaps could have reached.
Lyrics in ‘Bad Boyfriend’ seem to show self-recognition of this as the track opens with “I’m worst than a bad boyfriend, I’m a bad artist” and ‘All the Sad Young Men’ offers “I’m getting bored of all these songs I write, and the people I become”.
‘Moth Boys’ however shows that the critics may have to reconsider their statements as the new album shows a brooding and far more serious Spector that what we’ve seen so far.
‘Moth Boys’ has taken almost three years to get here since debut album ‘Enjoy It While It Lasts’ reached number one in the official Record Store Chart.
The band now returns a member down, as keyboard/ guitarist Chris Burman jumped ship in 2013 to ‘do some things on my own’. The renovated sound of the new Spector indulges itself in self-recognition and then wrongfully pity’s itself. An assessment which may be true of themselves, but fortunately not of the Spector in this album.
‘Moth Boys’ is Spector’s attempt of a more serious and matured band, which smashes its own expectations.
The London four piece have broken free of the shackles of expectation as the initial hype of ‘Enjoy It While It Lasts’ is now forgotten and they roam free to explore themselves.
The fine blend of tragically depressing and hopefully uplifting has been achieved resulting in an album that truly cements Spector as a band to stay.