Spector – 31 Oct Review
Spector emulate noughties indie with profound ambition and enthusiasm that comes from soaking up the music that shone in their teenage years.
The band returned to Sheffield a year after their last visit – and it's safe to say it was a raucous and celebratory event. The five piece were coming to the end of their tour before returning to the studio to complete their second album and they well-and-truly got into the spirit of Halloween.
The young crowd turned up in fancy dress and gave the equally fancy dressed band an heroic reception. The energy in the room was huge and the next sixty minutes was full on high impact indie pop as they covered the majority of last year’s debut album, Enjoy It While It Lasts.
Kicking off with Friday Night, Don't Ever Let It End raised the bar as the excitable fans bounced without missing a beat, sung every word, that trend continued throughout, powering through Twenty Nothing before jumping into the first of two new tracks, Decade Of Decay highlighting the potential of the 'difficult second record', Reeperbahn came later in the set and shared a similar promise.
No Adventure and Grim Reefer were epic, filling the room with heartbreak as charismatic frontman Fred MacPherson brought every word to life whilst there was a sense of triumph during bigger hitters, Celestine and Chevy Thunder where the crowd went wild and the singer joined them in a stage dive. Mid-set there was a break from the music for a costume competition, which included a bit of drama as a lout claiming to be Al Capone made his way on stage with a load of aggression and got in a scuffle with the bands techs whilst a kid dressed as Fred deservedly took home the prize for best dressed.
The gig came to an end with Never Fade Away where the audiences out sang the band, a sea of crowd surfers made their way towards the stage, the room imploded like a party when the 'rents are away and this was one final blow out. As gigs go this show ticked all the boxes, celebratory sing-a-longs, a bit of drama and massive tunes leaving the venues ceiling dripping with sweat. If there was any doubt in Spector being a 'one album band' then this performance showed they have a future. It felt special.
Words: Matt Pinder
Queens Social Club