Live Review Spector, The Lexington, London 12th March 2015

Spector, The Lexington, London

Full speed ahead with neon-lit roads and New Romantic bangers.

As soon as Fred Macpherson opens with the words “heaven let me down”, it’s clear that like a good wine, Spector’s sound and aesthetic has deepened and matured since their 2012 debut. This very opener – ‘Lately It’s You (Moth Boys)’ screams change just as loudly as the asssembled squabble at The Lexington screams their love – it centres around a weird alien-vocal sound gained from an effects microphone and a load of wave-pads that lasso a couple of eyebrows and raise them right up. The same happens with the funk-spunk of ‘Cocktail Party’, with both the far poppier sound and Macpherson’s request for an E-Cigarette, showing how times have changed for both the band and the world around them. With two keyboards featuring in most of the new songs, their sound is more expansive, 80s-inspired and experimental.

Most of the time, however, the biggest reaction is reserved for the older material. ‘Celestine’ provokes a writhing mess of jumping bodies and ‘No Adventure’ sees a sea of hands counting (‘One, you started coming over / two, you started…’) like a Maths seminar that’s gone off on a mad one. Having said that, the loudest response is saved for ‘All The Sad Young Men’ – which, unlike an earlier half-arsed shout from the crowd of “THAT ONE WAS QUITE GOOD” – gets a slightly more enthusiastic reaction. None more so when the frontman breaks into a smile at the line: “there’s still a Chevy in the parking lot outside”. It’s a pretty fitting image - sure, they’ve been stationary since the delights of ‘Chevy Thunder’ a few years ago – but now they’re fitted out with some new kit and a fresh tank of gas, it’s full speed ahead with neon-lit roads and New Romantic bangers.

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Spector, The Lexington, London
Spector, The Lexington, London
Spector, The Lexington, London
Spector, The Lexington, London
Spector, The Lexington, London
Spector, The Lexington, London
Spector, The Lexington, London
Spector, The Lexington, London

Photos: Carolina Faruolo

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