We enjoyed their first record while it lasted, we watched them develop and now; anthemic indie rockers Spector have returned to grace us with a heroic new album. Moth Boys is a collection of eleven tracks, each one packing a different kind of punch to the other and offering a somewhat extreme advancement in sound from their debut, Enjoy It While It Lasts. From blazing synths to broody vocals, the brash guitars Chevy Thunder are no more and a sound that seems to ooze a sense of 80’s techno nostalgia has taken their place.
Picture yourself in the middle of a new wave disco with men in checked suits, bug eyed glasses and slicked back hair flooding your eye line, this is the setting for Moth Boys. The band’s previously released single All The Sad Young Men starts us off on a revelling journey that thrusts us into a cocktail of frivolous melodies shaken with savvy lyrics. Tracks Believe and Cocktail Party / Heads Interlude, with their techno-funk undertones, could easily sit alongside the likes of Whitney’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody back in the 1987 charts and offer a refreshing fusion of both indie rock and funk. It’s something new and, surprisingly, it works.
Reaching what can be considered as the height of Moth Boys’ glory, Bad Boyfriend is the quintessential angst filled anthem of teenage riot. A whirlwind of emotion masked beneath the witty dismissals of a lover, there’s an air of selfishness in the track from the confessions of “I’m a good listener when it’s only me talking” to the intensity of sound which seems to absorb the story in its tragedy. Something about Bad Boyfriend leaves you feeling both paralyzed and empowered.
Moving into the tail end of the album takes us on a gradual descent back to a selection of tracks with the driving synth hooks and fleeting melodies we heard before. Decade Of Decay is probably the closest you can get to a musical embodiment of the 80’s in 2015 whilst West End shows that the band haven’t forgotten their rock’n’roll roots, immediately drawing a comparison to The Jam’s That’s Entertainment.
Using and Lately It’s You bring Moth Boys to a close with a slower and more pensive tone, which is probably needed after hearing what is almost a synth-pop overload. It’s a ballsy effort to redefine the band and it works, the ideologies we first came to love still remain but just re imagined. They say a zebra can’t change its stripes but Spector have, and it’s definitely what we wanted.
Words by William Castile