The quintet is led by lead singer, Fred Macpherson, and backed by Christopher Burman, Thomas Shickle, Jed Cullen and Danny Blady. I first came across them last year when I was sent a promo copy of their single, Never Fade Away, and was pretty stoked when the BBC named them as one of their top acts to look for in 2012. However, what’s interesting is that Enjoy It While It Lasts sounds nothing like Never Fade Away whatsoever – and it’s way better.
The album brings to mind what would happen if Dave Gahan were the lead singer of Franz Ferdinand. In fact, Enjoy It While It Lasts, reminds me at times of FF’s debut album in that there’s an element of fun and cheekiness mixed in with some upbeat powerpop (I fucking hate that term). Fred’s voice is nowhere near as sexy as Mr. Gahan’s, but it doesn’t have to be; that’s not Spectrum’s goal. Their music is full of energy and the type of singalong choruses that will make you wish you were in a London pub during happy hour. They’ve got heaps of talent and not only know how to write hooks, but how to get a party started. My biggest hope is that Spector don’t go the way of flash in the pans like Gay Dad and Razorlight, but instead follow a similar trajectory to Franz.
It’s certainly been a while since I wrote about a straight up rock act, but I’m glad I came across this release as it’s one of the most pleasant surprises of the year. Every track is great, but my faves are Celestine, Lay Low, and Chevy Thunder. Watch the video for Celestine below.
*Spector’s debut album is out now via Fiction Records.