Indie band Spector have caused much fuss over the last year or so.
After supporting Florence + the Machine on tour, a good deal of gigging of their own and a single premiere introduced by the one and only Harry Styles, their debut album Enjoy It While It Lasts is finally out this week.
Digital Spy caught up with the London five-piece at BT London Live to talk the record, Pulp comparisons and indeed, One Direction.
Do you feel excited that the album is now out there?
Fred Macpherson: "Do you remember that advert for Disney World where those kids can't sleep because they're so excited to go there, so they get into their parents' bed? I've been sleeping in my parents' bed nightly because I'm that excited about this album."
Given that indie isn't currently in fashion, is there a fear the album could be overlooked?
Chris Burman: "It's a shame because we genuinely thought it was in fashion, and if we'd been told at the beginning of making the album that it wasn't, we would have done something completely different!"
Fred: "At the end of the day, we've been given a 4/5 by Digital Spy so to even contemplate the idea of this album being overlooked is preposterous!"
Right, but it won't reach as many people now as it would have done in 2005 when indie was dominating the charts.
Fred: "It probably won't but I believe it's only a matter of time before time travel exists, and then in any given year you'll be able to buy any record. So this could still become the most popular album of 2005. Also, The Zombies came out seven years after The Beatles doing similar music, but no-one calls them out now for making an album in 1968 that could have been out in 1961. Equally, give it 20 years and suddenly Sam's Town and Enjoy It While It Lasts might be able to sit alongside each other."
Having used seven producers on the album, was there a worry it wouldn't sound consistent?
Fred: "There still is! [But] some of the songs are quite different anyway, so the album's more a compilation of styles. I didn't want every song to sound the same."
Chris: "We didn't approach it as a complete album."
Fred: "In the 21st century, an album means so much less. At least 50% of the people who buy it won't listen to it from beginning to end. They have their favourite songs."
But 'Never Fade Away' was always the closing track, right?
Chris: "Yeah, anything after it would have been weird. It's a bad comparison but 'Her Majesty' on Abbey Road…"
Are we comparing Spector to The Beatles here?
Fred: "We're comparing Chris to Sir Paul McCartney in age and number of ex-wives with one leg. If you're reading this, woman-whose-name-I-can't-remember…"
Jed Cullen: "Heather Mills."
Fred: "Please don't take offence. I too would be interested in Paul McCartney's money and his own collection of fake legs."
Fred, many of your lyrics relate to heartbreak and lost love; was writing this album therapeutic?
Fred: "Music is my psychologist; it's a great way of dealing with things. The good thing about lyrics is that the people you're very close to don't analyse them; I've had songs I've written about someone and then played to them, but they don't even listen to the lyrics. In a non-sexist way, pop lyrics are a very good way for men to deal with their emotions when they're not very good at facing them. It's a way of dealing with s**t and getting it out your system; I'm not gonna write a poem!"
You've also been compared to charismatic frontmen including Morrissey and Jarvis Cocker; is this flattering?
Fred: "To be honest, I've never really listened to The Smiths. I can see why people quickly draw comparisons, the same way people say I'm like Jarvis Cocker. The fact is I do wear glasses, but I'm a less-good lyricist than either of them. To even dare or believe in any comparison like that would be a fool's error."
What do you make of the current state of the charts and pop music in general?
Fred: "Some of it's good, some of it's crap. There's always gems in the rough. All the charts really measure is what's got through all the cracks; it's what people agree on, and people only ever agree on mundane. I still think there's brilliant pop music, though. One Direction are going to be the new Cliff Richard and the Shadows, or the new Spice Girls. They're a f**king tour de force.
"What's quite good about pop music right now is that it feels like there's all to play for. David Guetta, this 44-year-old man pressing play and occasionally words light up behind him saying, 'Put your f**king hands up'; it's great that we have something we'll be able to remember 2012 by. It doesn't make sense now but will in the context of time. Music's in rude health."
We caught up with Spector at the BT House at BT London Live. Spector's debut album Enjoy It While It Lasts is out now.
Watch Spector performing live on the BT Vision Stage at BT London Live below: