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Sunday, 4 November 2012

Gigs - Spector - The Ritz, Manchester

Star rating - 7/10

It's a real pleasure to see a good band growing and attracting larger audiences - there were not many more than 100 people at their Deaf Institute gig here in February, but this weekend they packed out the Ritz. And the crowd lapped up their revved up anthemic rock and roll/indie performance, which seems to be growing in confidence by the month. 

Not that confidence is lacking in front man Fred MacPherson, who really is a natural at working an audience. Coming out to The Glitter Band's Rock and Roll Part 2 is possibly a slight miscalculation given recent news stories. But that aside Spector really are a great live act, and they stormed through tracks from their recent album Enjoy It While It Lasts. Their Chevy Thunder is as barnstorming a track as you are likely to hear this year, and live it sounds brilliant. 

But with greater success must also come a greater repertoire if Spector are not to live out the semi prediction in their album title, and have any sort of musical longevity. With only 12 songs to play from, they certainly did them proud, but they will need more depth and range very soon. Until then, they and their growing fan base, are certainly enjoying the ride.

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