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SPECTOR @ DEAF INSTITUE, MANCHESTER 18/02/12 – REVIEW BY PHIL KING

There’s always a welcome place for a band that writes punchy and well-crafted songs, and Spector are a band whose perfect pop has been embraced by Manchester. Formed around the core duo of singer Fred Macpherson and guitarist Christopher Burman, Spector have had made great progress in a very short period which is a testament to the strength of the material they’ve produced so far. With three cracking singles under their belts, the band have not be lazy on the live front and have embarked on two tours, the second of which brings them to the Deaf Institute  to play their infectious pop under the sparkling light of the mirror ball.

Tonight Spector will play to a capacity crowd of 260 in Manchester, who turned up to see what these pop stars in the making can do. It’ll probably be the last chance to see the band in such small and intimate surroundings, because after this latest jaunt around England Fred and the boys hook up with Florence And The Machine as support on her UK and European tour. But before Spector breeze on to the Deaf Institutes small stage, the buoyant crowd are treated to the haunting melodies and pensive lyrics of David’s Lyre. Floating through his performance with only his electric guitar to accompany him, the gossamer thin songs hang in the air and for a while before permeating into the brain and taking up residence there. You can download, for a nominal fee, David’s Lyre’s music from www.davidslyre.co.uk and it’s strongly recommended you do so.

There’s a real buzz in the air what Spector emerge from the dressing room and come out fighting with a spirited rendition of second single ‘What You Wanted’. Looking smart in suits and highly polished shoes Spector proceed to serve up thirty captivating minute’s worth of toe-tapping and hand clapping pop gems. MacPherson’s agile baritone generally details Fred’s somewhat complex and lovelorn relationships with women, or should we say one woman who may or may not be Peaches Geldof. Behind him the band is focused and zip through the eight song set playing a storming version of latest single ‘Grey Shirt And Tie’ and bringing the set to a close with debut seven incher and crowd favourite ‘Never Fade Away”.The only flaw in the band’s performance tonight was that it was too short. I guess the idea is to leave the crowd always wanting more, but it was easy to see that everybody here was clamouring for far, far more from this wonderful band.

Setlist

What You Wanted
Friday Night
Grey Shirt And Tie
Twenty Nothing
Lay Low
Celestine
Chevy Thunder
Never fade Away

Review and photos by Phil King