Spectrals are back with their second album Sob Story set for release on June 3 through Wichita Recordings. Sob Story sees Heckmondwike, Yorkshire resident Louis Jones ooze a new confidence not heard on previous record Bad Penny or his earlier single releases. The songs sparkle: they are catchier, poppier and more direct than before.
Milky Way is a track from the album which can be heard online here. It’s a track that revisits Spectrals theme for songs which also happens to be the theme for the album. As Jones once said it’s all “just about love really”. The lyrics in Milky Way reflect on love and relationships and what it all means.
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.
Chet ‘JR’ White from the band GIRLS has also lent a hand in producing Sob Story. Louis Jones and his brother and permanent band member, Will, flew out to San Francisco to work on the record in Decibelle Studio. Working in JR’s home-town allowed him to call in friends of his to contribute their own magic to moments of the album. Guitarist Jon Anderson added lead guitar to five of the twelve tracks. The band were also joined on three songs by pedal-steel player, Tom Heyman and JR even played some of the bass lines himself as well as adding some deft manipulation from behind the soundboard.
Sob Story is out on June 3.