Spectrals

Spectrals

 Leeds, England, GBR
BandAlternativePop

Spectrals, the brainchild of L; a stand-up guy from a small town near a few bigger ones in the top half of the UK. With a heart firmly wrapped up in doo wop, girl groups and not a little tape hiss fuzz, Spectrals is a one-man teen dream with Rat Pack flair and a punk rock eye.

Biography

From the town of Heckmondwike, 10 miles south-west from Leeds, Louis is softly spoken with a shock of ginger hair. Brought up of a mixture of 60 & 70s soul, motown and doo-wop, Spectrals’ influences include Phil Spector (hence the name), Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Isley Brothers alongside garage rock.

Despite originally only being for his closest friends, his Myspace soon attracted the attention of new labels all over the world; from Brooklyn label Captured Tracks (Dum Dum Girls, Wild Nothing) to Brighton's Sex Is Disgusting (Mazes, Human Hair) and Moshi Moshi (Florence and The Machine, Hot Chip) where he eventually released last year's 'Extended Play'

Bad Penny a collection of 11 original and previously unreleased songs will be released in October by Wichita and Slumberland Records.

Lyrics

Get A Grip

Written By: Louis Jones

I need to get a grip,
I always seem to let my smile slip,
It's not for lack of trying,
I find it hard to get my head out of the right side of the bed,

And If I do,
It's always you that puts me back there,
Thinking of you,
Thinking of you can put me back there

I need to get a grip,
If I've got a smile I can never keep it,
It's not for want of trying,
I find it hard to get my head out of the right side of the bed,

And If I do,
It's always you that puts me back there,
Thinking of you,
Thinking of you can put me back there,

I need to get a grip,
I always seem to let my smile slip,
It's not for lack of trying,
I find it hard to get my head out of the right side of the bed

Big Baby

Written By: Louis Jones

You crashed into me when I was 17,
Nobody told me girls could be so mean,
Or mean so much to me,
Found out the hard way,
It's always the hard way with me,

'Cause I'm a big baby,
'Cause girl that's what you made me,
Wah wah wah,
Wah wah wah,

Yeah, it could of been worse,
But that does not lift the curse,
I wouldn't wish love like this on anyone,
All the love songs in the world,
Couldn't pull me out of this,

'Cause I'm a big baby,
'Cause girl that's what you made me,
Wah wah wah,
Wah wah wah,

Wah wah wah,

I'm a big baby,
'Cause girl that's what you made me,
Wah wah wah,
Wah wah wah,

Discography

Self titled 7" (captured tracks)
4 song tape EP (suplex)
Fair Oh's split 7" (tough love)
7th Date 7" (slumberland)
Peppermint 7" (moshi moshi)
Extended play CD and 12" (moshimoshi/underwaterpeoples)
Bad Penny LP (Wichita/Slumberland)

The first track from the Bad Penny LP premiered on Pitchfork:http://pitchfork.com/forkcast/16152-big-baby/

The track has also been played on UK stations such as BBC radio 1 and BBC 6 music.

In August 2011 Spectrals played a live session for Lauren Laverne that was broadcast live on air during the day.

Peppermint and 7th Date from the Extended play EP were played on BBC radio 1 on average ten times a week.

Spectrals recorded a radio 1 session at Maida Vale Studios for Huw Stephens that was broadcast in the summer of 2010.

Set List

Leave me be
7th Date
Ran with love
Dip your toe in
Luck's there to be pushed
Peppermint
Don't mind