While their path in the past few years hasn’t always been straightforward, Londoners Spector will always find a home at Reading Festival. That’s partly due to ‘Chevy Thunder’, an enduring proto-indie banger that gets people rowdy six years after release.
They have plenty more up their sleeve however. Fred Macpherson is a dream frontman, hamming up rock cliches to eleven, leaning into the crowd to belt out his arch lyrics. Opener ‘Untitled in D’ contains the gem “We broke down on the M1. You said ‘call the AA’ but I didn’t know which one’. But more importantly, it contains a banging chorus that gets stragglers into the Festival Republic tent and bopping along.
New song ‘Tenner’ (out later this year) sees Spector trying on a disco groove, old tune ‘Celestine’ is a frantic indie rush and second album highlight ‘Bad Boyfriend’ arcs to the back of the tent with its resigned chorus.
There’s no other way to end than their crowning achievement ‘All the Sad Young Men’, an 80s synthpop dream. The hook loops over lush keyboards for one final sing-a-long. Macpherson promises another EP later this year. More bangers ASAP please Fred.