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20 10 11 by Hannah

Spectrals Album Launch At Water Rats

Spectrals Album Launch At Water Rats

Spectrals' long awaited debut LP, Bad Penny was released on Monday with Wichita Records. To celebrate, the band threw a launch party at the Water Rats theatre in Kings Cross, with support from Fair Ohs and Weird Dreams.

Fair Ohs kicked off precedings with their garage infused Afro-hardcore. I love the reverb drenched gutiars of their last album, Everything is Dancing, but live the lead guitar had a far more aggressive edge to it, as did the vocals. Whilst you'd be forgiven for thinking they could fit into the margins of this summers dream pop movement after listening to the album, their live performance is a whole different ball game; they're not as far removed from their hardcore origins as Everything is Dancing would have you believe. 

Weird Dreams have just announced they're accompanying Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks on their European tour, and I can see why judging from Mondays performance. The songs are expertly crafted and the band managed to replicate the delicate melodies and finely tuned harmonies of the recordings with ease. 

The night really belonged to Spectrals though. "I'm not going to keep talking about it, but I have an album out today" he told the packed out room after taking the stage. Beginning with a solo number before bringing in the band, the crowd was extremely respondent throughout. Highlights included Get a Grip, Lockjaw and Big Baby. 

Spectrals have just announced they're supporting Girls on their European tour beginning next month. Bad Penny was released 17/10/2011 on Wichita Records. 

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