Spector - Bethnall Green Working Men's Club - Gigs - Reviews - Soundblab

Spector - Bethnall Green Working Men's Club

by Amy Baker Rating: Release Date:

I think it's safe to say that when a frontman walks on stage half an hour late with a coat draped dramatically over his shoulders, reading a book, he is going to have to fight to convince the audience that he is not a complete idiot.

This is what Fred MacPherson, frontman of Spector (and number 39 on the NME Cool List, don't you know) did at their recent gig in Bethnal Green. There were a few folded arms and unimpressed looks from the audience but that soon changed as soon as the band, all dressed like extras from Cemetery Junction, burst into their impressive set-list. Singles 'What You Wanted' and 'Grey T-Shirt and Tie' were lapped up by the crowd. Set highlights included a stonking rendition of 'Chevy Thunder' which welcomed long-term friend and label buddy Dev Hynes on stage. We were even treated to a brand new track but were urged by MacPherson not to give away too much about that in reviews and in the spirit of Christmas, I must oblige.

There is no denying that MacPherson is charismatic, he had the audience and his fellow band members laughing along with him as he made ridiculous statements about their lack of hair products. Picture The Killers with a more magnetic frontman and more anthemic tracks. The set ended with classic-in-the-making 'Never Fade Away' and with a nomination in the BBC Sound of 2012 Poll and a supporting gig with Florence + the Machine and The Horrors, I doubt this will be happening any time soon.

Despite a hesitant start from support act, Theme Park, opening tracks 'A Mountain We Love' and 'Milk' soon saw them get into their stride and the crowd were grooving along to their uplifting, Club Tropicana-esque beats. Their single, 'Wax', demonstrated exactly why it is that they have been winning a fair few column inches over recent months. Definitely another act to follow in the new year.

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