"This is the indie rock record every kid in the UK has been waiting for," Spector's charismatic leader and chief songwriter Fred Macpherson however promised the country's yoof earlier this year. See, this London fivesome pretty much grew up on the Class of 2005's Killers, Klaxons and Kaisers. Judging by their debut album, they really do plan to stick peppy, razor-edged, G-stringed anthemia back on the frontline; but just how worthy is it?
'True Love (For Now)' opens proceedings with Macpherson low-pitch and sorrowful over an ex: "Our hearts are destroyed but our bodies survive, condemned to live for the rest of our lives." Lovesickness is a big topic all-round, and comes to the fore through the greased-lightning guitars and sugary synths of 'Friday Night' when Macpherson bellows: "I don't wanna wake up alive." Don't let the blue tales trick you, though; there's a self-deprecating wit to his wordplay that makes Spector all the more bewitching.
Perhaps it's 5 or 10 minutes longer than necessary (we could lose the sentimental and unfortunately-titled 'Grim Reefer'). Still, 'Chevy Thunder' and 'Celestine' are so darn fun and supersonic, Disneyland is better off bulldozing its rides and just sticking these on repeat. Bringing indie back is maybe an ambition too far, but the tunes are here even if the hype refuses to be. Macpherson croons in the album's slushy closer: "You know I'll never fade away." More fool the country if Spector happen to.
Tracks to download: 'Chevy Thunder', 'Grey Shirt & Tie', 'Lay Low', 'Celestine'
If you like this, you'll like: The Vaccines, Two Door Cinema Club, The Wombats
Watch the video for Spector's 'Never Fade Away' below: