AFTER a host of impressive festival turns this year at the likes of Field Day, Latitude, Reading and Leeds, purveyors of English power pop, Spector, are gearing up for a North East performance.
Ahead of supporting Florence & the Machine on tour in March, the five-piece will do their own tour of the UK, playing Newcastle’s Cluny on Valentine’s Day.
It will kick-off a promising year for the band, who started in 23-year-old frontman Fred Macpherson’s bedroom. He explains: “I was cutting samples from vinyl and writing songs around that, listening to a lot of J. Dilla, a lot of hip hop.
“I was using an MPC, a laptop and a little Casio keyboard.”
As Christopher Burman (guitarist) – old school friend remembers: “Fred said to come over because he wanted me to hear this new song he’d written, and he just played it off a drum machine and sang along over the top.
“It was so lo-fi and bedroomy, but the song was expansive and so immediate, I was totally bowled over by it.
“That was the point that I knew I had to be involved.
“From then on, I started really pushing Fred towards getting a band together.”
And so, the band were formed. Thomas Shickle joined Christopher and Fred to play bass with Danny Blandy on drums and Jed Cullen on keys/guitar.
The song that brought them together was Never Fade Away, which was released in the summer.
It was one of many highlights for the band in 2011 who also took the UK by storm with their Spectour I, as well as being invited to join the likes of Noel Gallagher and Bjork on the Later with Jools Holland season finale.