“Lets see why Mumford and Sons are calling this London’s best new venue,” jests Spector’s witty singer Fred MacPherson inside the London venue owned by Mumford’s Ben Lovett. It’s 2018 and six years on from the release of their debut Enjoy It While It Lasts, MacPherson’s infectious humour hasn’t subsided in the slightest and the band are still packing out venues to rapturous levels of appreciation.
Attending a Spector gig is the indie equivalent of teenage girls at a One Direction concert. Grown men shout at Fred from the crowd from the beginning chords of opener ‘Grey Shirt & Tie’ and the cheers after each song are deafening. In the space between now and the release of their sophomore record (“that’s American for second,” Fred informs Omeara) the band have concocted a new EP. ‘Fine Not Fine’ is the only new song to get an outing, alongside lead single ‘Untitled In D’, and it’s washes of sparkling synths surging hand in hand with soaring guitars evidences even more superb songcraft from the band, swiftly putting to bed any fears they may have lost their knack for clever pop punches.
Aside from the new songs, the rest of the evening is awash with old favourites spanning the quartet’s previous two records and a few B-sides here and there. ‘Tenner’ is one of the most prominently shining examples of the self-confessed international man of misery’s heartfelt yet comical lyricism that taps into the mind set of so many millennials when he sings, “I heard you like the bad boys, well I’m bad at everything.” It’s a Spector staple that’s always joined with effervescent electronics and rocketing riffs.
An appearance from the lesser played 'Kyoto Garden' becomes a poignant highlight of the evening as they include the song at the last minute. Minus a rendition of ‘Celestine’ (maybe they wanted to “keep the past in the past”) Spector’s long-awaited live return is a resounding success. It’s good to have you back lads.
Words: Shannon Cotton
Photo: Anna Smith