After announcing new album 'Sob Story' for release on June 3rd through Wichita Recordings, Spectrals unveil new single 'A Heartbeat Behind' and confirm UK live dates.
The supremely catchy licks enclosed within these 3 minutes and 17 seconds perfectly showcase the results of Spectrals brothers Louis and Will Jones' time in the studio with GIRLS' Chet 'JR' White: an album packed with songs that sparkle.
They are catchier, poppier, and more direct than ever before. Above all, Heckmondwike, Yorkshire resident Louis Jones oozes a new confidence not heard on previous record 'Bad Penny' or his earlier single releases.
"This was the last song I put together for the record and it pushed out a few I'd already got bored of," he explains. "I'd had the riff for ages but it never felt like a proper song and then the chorus just seemed to hit me, chords, lyrics, the lot. I never write like that really, I usually stew over the lyrics for ages then try and bolt them onto various sets of chords I have. I do remember I'd been listening to a lot of Big Star that week."
The single 'A Heartbeat Behind' will be released on May 27th.
'Sob Story' displays Louis's wide-ranging influences - many loves developed on family car journeys growing up - from Big Star and The Rolling Stones, through Nick Lowe, Tom Petty and Slade to Galaxie 500 and even blink-182. Some of these sounds are more obvious than others but it is legendary Welsh Rock'n'Roller, Dave Edmunds that Louis names as the key influence on his song-writing and the sound he wanted on this record, saying that he was "trying to cop some of those Country and Rockabilly licks he does".
Louis takes all these influences and puts them together to create something that is undeniably Spectrals. You might argue that he does this in a similar manner to his very favourite musician ("that's my guy"), Elvis Costello. Much like Jones on this new album, Costello has always been a musician who could traverse many styles across an album but who never lost his own style and voice whilst doing so.
In short, Sob Story sees Spectrals back and better than ever, brimming with confidence and the best songs of the Jones brothers' careers so far. It's an album that begs to be played again as soon as it finishes and one that will also create excitement at what is to come next from this band, whether Louis is lucky or unlucky in love between now and then.
See Spectrals live:
4th London - Birthdays
5th Leeds - Brudenell Social Club*
6th Manchester - Deaf Institute*
8th Glasgow - King Tuts*
9th Hartlepool - The Studio*
11th Bristol - The Louisiana*
12th Leicester - Scholars Bar*
*supporting Frankie & The Heartstrings