Spector on the rise

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THEY’VE been dubbed “East London’s answer to The Strokes” but Wearsiders will be able to judge for themselves when Spector play Sunderland later this month.

The five-piece will wield their melancholic brand of pop at Independent, Holmeside, on May 25.

Frontman Fred Macpherson (formerly of indie acts Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man. and Les Incompetents) began sowing the seeds of Spector in his bedroom with only a Casio keyboard and a selection of Gloria Estefan samples for company.

In 2010 he set about recruiting Christopher Burman (guitar), Thomas Shickle (bass), Jed Cullen (synth, guitar) and Danny Blandy (drums) to take his tracks out on to the bristling Dalston and Shoreditch live circuit.

The band instantly drew comparisons with everyone from The Killers and The Strokes to Roxy Music and Ultravox after performing at a string of packed underground venues.

Spector have since released a clutch of singles on Luv Luv Luv, performed on the Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds festivals, appeared on Later with Jools and wowed the crowd The Great Escape festival in Brighton.

The Sunderland gig coincides with the release of their new single Celestine on May 21.

It follows in from the cult phenomenon of track Chevy Thunder and a hugely-successful live jaunt around the UK on both Spectour II and support dates with Florence + the Machine.

This year will also see the release of the band’s eagerly-awaited debut album as well as their first live dates in North America, including two shows at the world-renowned Coachella festival.

The band’s third headline UK tour to date, Spectour III, takes place in 2012.

l Tickets to Spector at Independent are priced £8 and are available from www.netickets.net/www.seetickets.com and in person from Hot Rats, Stockton Road, Sunderland.