You’ll have seen us talk about Spectres a few times before here at Louder Than War towers. And frankly there’s a very good reason for that – we think they’re one of the best young bands in the UK at the moment. Simples. So we couldn’t be happier that we’re being able to bring you their latest video, along with details of the next release on their excellent Howling Owl label, a split 10″ with The Naturals.
First thing first – it’s not just home city bias talking when I big up Spectres (or The Naturals – see below). Check out, frinstance, the fact that highly regarded DJ, writer, all round music head & general “good egg” Shell Zenner picked up on them last year & included them as one of her bands to watch out for this year, saying:
“Described as music for ears to bleed to. Clearly influenced by Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine, Spectres show off a rich weave of textures and layers to their sound…”
I’m sure even Shell will agree tho that when they released their Hunger EP earlier this year it demonstrated a radical upping of the bar for them. Belatedly reviewing it in August (it came out at Easter) we described it’s crescending brilliance as being a perfect marriage of “tunes & freakishly brilliant noise” amongst other things.
By now I’m sure you’ll be dying to hear some music by the chaps. Which brings us to this new video for a track off their latest joint release, a two track split 10″ with their friends & “partners in noise” The Naturals. It’s a bit of a freaky one tbh (the video), all arty in black & white but it perfectly frames and embodies their music.
It’s unmistakably Spectres isn’t it? And yet at the same time it not, they’ve headed off into slightly more experimental territory than usual – which is great, boding well for the album they’re in the process of creating.
Here’s what the accompanying spiel said about the 10″:
Spectres and the Naturals practice in the same deep dark den.
They often crossover at practices and hear what sordid noises each are creating; coaxing each other into some horrible places.
Both bands are in the midst of writing for their debut albums, so an idea was born to grab a snapshot of where they are at right now. Two songs hammered down in the space of a day serving as an open ended bracket as to what is going on in each of the bands heads.
‘Lump’ and ‘Heat Death’ are both brand new songs and this will be your only chance to own them in their current forms.
There’s always been a lot of crossover between these two bands, so the opportunity to get to hear them b2b is great. Again, dispelling accusations (before they’re made) of “local bias” about The Naturals now, our very own Cath Aubergine, former co-editor of the website manchestermusic.co.uk, gig attender ad nauseum & another “good egg” saw them at Brighton Great Escape in 2012 & said of their last song:
“(It was)…a massive dynamic trip that swells, fades to delicate near-ambience then comes back stronger with a wall of guitar distortion and drum frenzy….The Naturals do music I like and do it very well.”
The 10″ vinyl will be limited to 100 copies & is due out on 30th Sept – and unlike with the Hunger EP it’s unlikely there’ll be a repress! So considering how fast the first 100 copies of Hunger went, pre-ordering is def recommended! And where can you do that from? From the Howling Owl website of course, specifically via THIS LINK.
Stream both tracks here: