By Caitlin Mclaren – Chief Culture Reporter
Spector followed their first album ‘Enjoy It While It Lasts’ with the highly anticipated second album ‘Moth Boys’. It has been over a year and a half since the debut. And when many similar bands have risen and fallen, Spector have came back fighting with fresh material. Not falling far from the tree of the first album, ‘Moth Boys’ continues Fred Macpherson’s lyrics of despair and the struggles of love.
The album starts with ‘All the Sad Young Men’ which sounds close to the sound of Joy Division. The deep yet relatable lyrics match Fred’s solemn tone of voice. The use of keyboard throughout the track has the 80’s feel, Spector gives a fresh sound and makes it modern to 2015. Making references to the track of Celestine in their debut album, it shows the alternative to the ‘Miserable Girls’ they exclaimed of in their original track by harping about the ‘Sad Young Men’. The track has the potential to be a fan favourite because as a Spector fan I can hear the crowd at their gigs chanting back the lyrics already.
‘Stay High’ follows, with more bright and an edgy sound in the background. The song bounces between Fred’s vocals and the backing singers. Even though the lyrics match those of what Spector usually sing about, the song has potential to be a dance track. Sounding more like a modern indie track and their own unique style.
‘Believe’ sounds like a Wombats track. It has the keyboard and light tapping of the drums in the background. Once again, the chorus sounds like original Spector. The dance tracks that Spector create give them a sense of their own style and unique stance. They would fit in more if they are looking for success in the indie scene.
‘Don’t Make Me Try’ keeps the album up-tempo with the quick beating of the drums of the album. Macpherson still hasn’t returned to his usual deep, dark tone of singing, once again opting for a more uplifting sound to their record. Almost in homage to The Smiths, Fred sings about struggles but to a tune that makes you forget.
‘Cocktail Party/Heads Interlude’ has the technique to make you sway, the calming tone makes for easy listening. It marks the middle of the album and apart from ‘All the Sad Young Men’, there has been no slow paced songs other than this. It has a dark and sinister feeling, yet sounds so light and easy.
Next is ‘Bad Boyfriend’ which Spector has released as a single. The track starts with Fred’s vocals and no backing music and is followed by the band clapping along in a similar way to that of ‘Never Fade Away’ on their debut album. Once it breaks into it, it shows maturity and shows that Spector have come a long way from their first album.
‘Decade of Decay’ was released as a teaser for the album. The track sounds a lot like The Killers but modernised. Spector adopt the sound but make it unique to themselves, Fred’s vocals being the stand out at all time, this record is what Spector are all about, guaranteed if you like it, you’ll love the rest.
‘Kyoto Garden’ starts and it’s hard to believe that we are listening to the same album. The vocals and background music sound completely different to the rest of the album has to offer. Personally, my favourite track in the whole album. It shows that Spector have tried something different and contains their authenticity. I’d love to hear more tracks like this.
‘West End’ grabs the pace and pulls it right back up like the beginning of the album. It has an electric sound, the keyboard has been a big factor within the whole album and completely changes in each and every song but remains recognisable.
Second to last track, ‘Using’ sounds like the beginning of the Killers track ‘All these things I’ve done’ with the synths and the bursting vocals. Once the drums start to get involved along with the back up singers, the song starts the build-up but then grabs you back down to a steady pace. As the album draws to a close, the music has settled down.
To close the album off, ‘Lately It’s you’. Back to the electric theme of the album, oddly this song had a robotic voice giving a space vibe. The song seems to drag, I wasn’t a fan of what they tried to do. I think Macpherson’s voice is enjoyable enough and should stick to just him singing.
Altogether enjoyable and shows how the band have matured in the 18 months, I expect Spector to get bigger and better.