Spectrals’ sound is fresh, and yet still holds these retro elements of 70s pop music. We love his classically crafted retro pop. With Spectrals’ new album Sob Story about to be released, we spoke with him about Elvis Costello, the “opposite of prohibition”, and of course, Sob Story!
AMBY: How would you describe Spectrals’ sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
Spectrals: Soft Rock, or Pop. Country & West Yorkshire.
AMBY: You are preparing to release your new album Sob Story. Which tracks are your favourites?
Spectrals: The title track, or “A Heartbeat Behind”, I still like them all really.
AMBY: Milky Way is such a catchy song, what is the story behind it?
Spectrals: It’s a sort of reassurance dressed up as a pop song. I can’t remember writing it, which means it came to me really quickly. Those are usually the best ones.
AMBY: Who influenced you as a songwriter and musician?
Spectrals: Elvis Costello.
AMBY: If you could tour with anyone, who would you chose?
Spectrals: I’d like to be on Warped Tour!
AMBY: What would a movie based on Spectrals be called?
AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?
Spectrals: Elvis Costello – My Aim Is True, Blink-182 – Take Off Your Pants & Jacket, Diana Ross – Diana
AMBY: What is the funniest thing to happen to you at one of your gigs?
Spectrals: Not sure. I wish more funny stuff happened at them!
AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?
Spectrals: The record coming out! Would love to get over to the US again.
AMBY: If you could create a law that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?
Spectrals: The opposite of prohibition.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Spectrals that nobody knows yet?
Spectrals: I love Downton Abbey.
Thank you Spectrals, for giving us your answers!