The musical heritage of Detroit is a vastly rich one. The city’s a veritable musical vortex where great soul, doo-wop, and garage rock music is born and bred, and subsequently sent off to the rest of the world for mass consumption. But of all the intriguing places for the music to land, Heckmondwike, Kirklees, UK has to be the most inconceivable (and hardest to pronounce). Heckmondwike is the home to 21-year-old Louis Jones, who under the name Spectrals creates a spirited blend of the aforementioned pop, soul, doo-wop, and garage rock that’s heavy in the the Detroit tradition and influenced by everyone from The Ronettes to Elvis Costello.
On December 5th, Jones will release “Confetti”, the high-energy next single off his debut album Bad Penny. The track is a compelling example of his musical mixing and matching skills. The structure is pure garage rock, which Jones then fills in with a heaping of jangly guitars, bubbly drum work, a pseudo-dance-rock energy, and vocals that are reminiscent of a younger Alex Turner. All the while, though, the various ingredients are blended into one shot of solid, infectious pop. Check it out below.
Spectrals – “Confetti”:
Bad Penny is out now via Slumberland Records. Stay tuned for more news on an upcoming 2012 tour (which already includes gigs at SXSW) as it’s announced.