Spector utterly decimated ThinkTank recently (October 12). ThinkTank was hot and sweaty as fuck. The sheer level of noise, combined with the intensity of emotion inside, was amazing to behold. Spector are certainly not the biggest band touring the UK right now – but if you had been in ThinkTank, you would think that they may as well be.
As soon as Spector walked on stage to the sound of Bound 2 by Kanye West, the band were visibly shocked at the deafening howls and screams they received. Frontman Fred Macpherson straight away announced “this is the loudest crowd of the tour already” – before Spector had even played their first song.
The band hurtled through their set with an unrelenting vigour – the energy inside ThinkTank was phenomenal. It really is rare to be a part of a crowd who know the words to EVERY SINGLE SONG and who are jumping frantically from start to finish. It was fantastic. However, Spector played an aggravatingly short set , only being on stage for roughly an hour.
ThinkTank is tiny, possibly holding around two hundred people – it’s a hedonist’s sweat cavern. And with no barrier or security separating the band from the crowd, the atmosphere is positively animalistic inside ThinkTank.
When a frontman decides to try and interact with a crowd, there is a chance that it can fall flat and be excruciatingly awkward. Much of the time – it does. Thankfully, no such problem besets Macpherson. When one man shouts out “IT’S MY BIRTHDAY” Macpherson replies “Birthday shout outs require a £15.00 payment through paypal before the gig” before later adding a couple of songs in: “is it anybody’s birthday in here? Is there anyone called Liam Little in here?” – with a mass happy birthday sing-a-long quickly following.
For all you Spector fans out there, Macpherson also gave us news of an impending second album, announcing that the new record should be released within “the first quarter of next year”. Spector also played a brand new song, titled Reeperbahn (which with its synth driven, catchy riff-tastic anthemic indie disco sound, seemed to be echoing their previous work quite a bit) alongside recent internet release Decade of Decay.
I’m going to hazard and say that Spector are an underrated band – they surprised me. I knew I’d enjoy myself, but didn’t realise that they would be as good as they were. I couldn’t recommend them to you enough. GO SEE THEM LIVE. Macpherson was joking that the band “may only last for another two years” (band member Christopher Burman recently left the band) – so go see them while you can. Please. It will be fun. An impending 2014 tour is coming – what’s holding you back?