Spector at the Leadmill, 18/10/12
Since early 2012, the anthemic-indie five piece Spector has captivated the UK music scene, building an ever greater fan base upon the release of their successful debut album, ‘Enjoy It While It Lasts’. So, choosing to stop off for their current tour at the recently award-winning Leadmill was always going to make for a memorable evening.
First to hit the stage as supporting act were Swim Deep. Having emerged from the recent Midlands ‘B-Town’ scene, they brought with them their dreamy surf-pop and harmonic melodies, which warmed the hearts of the crowd. The quartet finished with their latest single ‘Honey’, due to be released this November; the title certainly did not disappoint, as they left the stage on a deliciously sweet vibe. Splashh continue the aquatic theme, with their Californian grunge, reminiscent of the 90s with songs such as ‘Washed Up’. Think Beach house meets Wavves.
After two incredible support acts, the crowd wait in anticipation for Spector. After finally taking to the stage, the band is greeted with a roar of delight. This roar only becomes heightened when front-man Fred Macpherson enters; he has become something of an icon in the past few months, probably due in no small part to his now famous flamboyant shirts and chunky glasses, not unlike those of 70’s pop icon Elvis Costello. The set begins with the uplifting ‘Twenty Nothing’, and the mood is thus established for the rest of the evening to come. The charisma and charm of Macpherson shines through, as he manages to get everyone in the crowd to sing along to ‘Grim Reefer’, creating a beautiful moment for Spector’s fans. Intermittently the showgoers chant ‘Yorkshire’ for what seems like the majority of the night, showing that Sheffield really does have immense spirit and are not afraid to share it with London-based Spector.
Whilst making their way through the rest of the crowd pleasing album, the gig is temporarily put on hold for an unexpected marriage proposal. Macpherson allows a woman to propose to her boyfriend on stage, and much to the audience’s delight, he agrees. To commemorate this special moment Spector dedicate their next song, all-time favourite ‘Chevvy Thunder’, to the couple, allowing the crowd to let go for one last time. Finishing the set, Macpherson employs some classic audience sing-along participation, with the more tranquil but much appreciated ‘Never Fade Away’.
To top it all off, Swim Deep, Splashh and Spector later reconvened at The Great Gatsby for an after-party DJ set, which provided a more intimate feel for the dedicated follower. The crowd were certainly in for a treat as they were played an eclectic mix of 90s house and 00s indie. For all the pressure of their quick-paced rise to fame this year, Spector were able to show their down to earth side at this special after event, as they mingled, talked and danced amongst the small crowd of devoted fans. Whilst their rise in popularity will continue to be on the up, Spector fans can be reassured that their early indie magic will ‘Never Fade Away.’
By Lucy Amos