Live Review: Spector

29 Feb

Green Door Store: Saturday, February 25, 2012

Spector singer Fred MacPherson has got more front than Harrods.

The suited and booted frontman’s acerbic and witty rabbitting was as much a part of this sold-out show as the songs.

Wearing thick-rimmed specs and sporting a severe side parting, his natural confidence has no doubt been bolstered by his band being the only indie outfit to feature in the BBC’s Sound Of 2012 round-up and therefore dubbed the saviours of guitar music.

Luckily they don’t seem to be feeling the pressure, probably because they can see through the media guff and realise how absurd it is. Spector are good time charlies, not proper ones. And provide a good time they did.

Despite being at the end of a lengthy nationwide tour (“You should see some of the sights we have to endure, we even had to go to the North,” joked Fred) they had bundles of energy, bags of enthusiasm and peddled a tidy line in ramped-up Killers-like tracks.

They were also helped by an audience that didn’t need winning over, keen as they were to embrace the Saturday night knees-up vibe.

Particular highlights were What You Wanted and Chevy Thunder, a couple of pacey pop nuggets with hooks so sharp they nearly had your eye out.

The real classic, however, was former single Never Fade Away. The slower, anthemic sing-along ended the set with members of the audience arms aloft, shouting back the chorus as Fred lapped up the attention.

It’s a job very well done, but they could really do without the excessive hype.

They’re a band to dance to, not one that will inspire devotion. Ignore the bluster and enjoy the ride.

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