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Feel Spectres

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States | INDIE

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States | INDIE
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10 RELEASES WE LOVED, IN ABC ORDER

1. “Bummer Camp” by The Boom
Bang: “A messy, disastrous delight.”

2. “Diamonds & Gasoline” by
Turnpike Troubadours: “Roots-rock gem
that shines with bright songwriting and
masterful musicianship.”

3. “Feel Spectres” by Feel Spectres: “37
minutes of purist indie-rock goodness.”

4. “No Bees, No Honey” by Ali
Harter: “Buzz-worthy for sure.”

5. “Say You’re a Sinner” by Green
Corn Revival: “An earthy, tribal quality
that fuses gospel with rural retro charm.”

6. “Stay Gold” by Jacob Fred Jazz
Odyssey: “As solid as they come.”

7. “Taddy Porter” by Taddy Porter:

“Riffing that will stick in your mind for
days.”

8. “Taking Over the World” by Skating
Polly: “Skating Polly could very well make
good on the album’s titular promise.”

9. “The Samson Mammoth” by Tony
Brown’s Happy Hour: “Marks an excellent
hello … to the metro music scene.”

10. “You (Understood)” by
Samantha Crain: “It’s unexpected in
almost every way.” - OK Gazette, Dec. 29, 2010


http://www.feelspectres.com/spyinterview.mp3 - 105.3 FM - The Spy (radio)


There’s a sense that as you get older, you must give up your youthful idealism and childhood fancies. While there may be a certain truth to that, there’s certainly no reason you have to go gently into that good night. This is the discovery of Oklahoma City quartet Feel Spectres.
The members leveraged chops culled from playing in various local acts in the 1990s, and channeled their remaining innocent verve into a quirky, smart, indie-pop combo.

The genesis of Feel Spectres goes back to sometime last year when scene vets Mike and April Mays, Allen Cory and Matt Goad started meeting to indulge in a mutual love for making music, but the sessions grew into something more. A decade earlier, Cory and both Mays had begun another band for fun, named Loretta. In fact, Cory introduced Mike and April to each other. But as marriage, school and professional lives intervened, the outfit dissipated without ever really taking the public stage.

“You sit around and all of sudden, you think, ‘I’m more than my 9-to-5,’” said Cory, who also drummed for the Reverb Brothers in the ’90s. “I said, ‘Why don’t we get together and we’ll do something?’”

Getting Serious

The Spectres started in earnest after one-time American Boyfriends and Starlight Mints member Goad joined the original trio on guitar/vocals. After a half-dozen practices spent “hammering songs into place,” Cory said the four had a practice where everything gelled, and they all sensed it.

As the band became more serious, practices became more regular, and the quartet decided to document its progress with recordings before ever even booking a show. That was 10 months ago, and the Feel Spectres have progressed considerably since. In late August, the group played its first show, and the momentum has been steadily building.

Feel Spectres move with slick, sinuous swerve, from the dreamy, The Church-like psych-pop of “Secret Man,” with its resplendent backing vocals, to the psychobilly rave-up “Vampire Bop,” and the spunky, spiky, post-punk groove of “13 Dead Cats.”

However, nothing captures the act’s cockeyed sense of humor and hook-lined temperament better than the satirical “Blow Up the Moon,” which takes nuclear proliferation to its natural end. After all, who needs waves when you live in Oklahoma? Of course, it’s all in good fun.
“Don’t get me wrong,” Cory said. “I know that all life on earth is dependent on the moon. I watch the Science Channel.”

The Feel Spectres’ tracks were produced by Chris Harris, who released the songs on his new label, Nice People Records. The forthcoming full-length disc has entered its final stages.
“Early next year, we’ll be having our CD release,” said guitarist Mike Mays, an architect at Elliott + Associates. “We already have the majority of the songs complete. We’re just doing some fine-tuning and a little bit of vocal work.”

Older, Wiser

The whole “older, wiser” aspect has enhanced the endeavor and, in many ways, made it possible, according to bassist April Mays, who toured nation-wide in the ’90s with local major-label act Radial Spangle, before mothballing the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle for a while.
“Now, we actually have the flexibility and freedom to go record and play when we want to. When you’re younger, you don’t have that freedom,” she said. “With the experience we have, it’s a lot easier to record. Because we have a lot more experience, we can just go in and lay it down. We already know what to expect, we’re ready for it, and it’s much more relaxing and fun because that’s what we’re doing it for.”

Her husband concurs.

“When I was younger, less established and didn’t have a day job and a career for that matter, I think I would tend to put too much emphasis on some visions of grandeur that this was going to be something other than what it is,” he said, “which is just four people getting together and loving what they’re doing at the moment.”

But the Feel Spectres aren’t likely to be a fly-by-night enterprise. With age, its members have gleaned an appreciation for the value of perseverance and dedication. The Mays currently are building an extension on their house for a practice space/recording studio — an opportunity these hometown lifers credit to where they grew up.

“It’s very economical,” Mike Mays said. “We couldn’t afford to do that a big city like New York, and it’s that kind of freedom to do what you want on your terms that living in Oklahoma allows.”

—Chris Parker - Oklahoma Gazette, Dec. 23, 2009


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Still working on that hot first release.

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If Lou Reed, Edgar Allan Poe and the B-52s started a rock band, they would have called themselves Feel Spectres.

The real band is from Oklahoma City and is Allen Cory (drums/vocals/MA of Philosophy), Matt Goad (guitar/keys/vocals/Art Director & Graphic Designer), April Mays (bass/vocals/BMX Freestyle wrangler) and Mike Mays (guitar/vocals/Architect).

Longtime friends, the quartet formed in 2009 and released its first full-length, self-titled album in 2010 on local label Nice People. The album has been embraced by major Oklahoma media and radio, but has met resistance from Tea Party splinter cell Mothers Against Feel Spectres.

Influenced, either positively or negatively, by every song ever written, the Bible belt, beer, and the moon, their music is as diverse as their inspirations. The members of the Feel Spectres have experience spanning decades as core members of previous bands American Boyfriends, Jack the Mothership, Loretta, Radial Spangle, Reverb Brothers and the Starlight Mints.

Cincinnati music critic Chris Parker declared: “Feel Spectres move with slick, sinuous swerve, from the dreamy, The Church-like psych-pop of “Secret Man,” with its resplendent backing vocals, to the psychobilly rave-up “Vampire Bop,” and the spunky, spiky, post-punk groove of “13 Dead Cats.”

Sometimes the music will make you dance, sometimes the music will make you think and sometimes the music will make you wonder what the hell is going on in their demented minds.

As area man Rod Lott commands, “Submit to the wail of sound from Feel Spectres. You will obey. You will rock. You will be felt up.”