Spectres new album ‘Condition’ streaming now on the Quietus – out now!

March 12, 2017

Listen to the new Spectres album Condition streaming now on the Quietus
Out now on Sonic Cathedral

“’Condition’ sounds huge, as if the quartet were playing at maximum volume in a canyon. Sudden shifts between grinding white-noise guitar and metronomic strumming – evoking vintage Steve Albini – are set off against terse riffs and hazy, choirboy vocals.” MOJO (4/5)

“Spectres’ pranks sometimes detract from the excellence of their music. ‘Condition’ obscures lovely melodies with disjointed electronica on deliberately self-destructive tracks like ‘Dissolve’.” Uncut (8/10)

“’Condition’ is loud. It is taut, it is coarse and it is hostile. But while each of its sprawling nine tracks is drenched in distortion, give it the respect it deserves and you’ll find melodic and compositional brilliance.” Loud And Quiet (8/10)

“Spectres are not necessarily for people who wish to actually enjoy music in the conventional sense. Instead, they continue to carve their niche amongst listeners who wish to be moved, shaken, challenged and disgusted. A fitting soundtrack to the year’s dystopia.” Crack (7/10)

“‘Condition’ should come with a label on the front advising ‘approach with caution’. However, its creators’ intransigent desire to confound and confront should be applauded. Spectres: simply one of a kind.” Drowned In Sound (8/10)

“‘Condition’ often has a slught avant-garde feel to it, but it’s ultimately an album full of songs that sound like they’ve been raised with the sole intent of wanting to jump out of the speakers.”
The Line Of Best Fit (7/10)

“This is a challenging, uncomfortable listen, but it’s all the more rewarding for it. Spectres are undoubtedly now emerging as their own strange and warped yet fascinating beast.”
Louder Than War (8/10)

“This time out, the band has forsaken niceties like song structure, melody, and walls of sound in favour of elongated, almost formless pieces that sound the way a half-torn-down building looks. The pipes are exposed, the plaster is crumbling, and there are sparks spitting out of the outlets. ‘Condition’ is pure, creepy uneasy listening, a well-thought-out and executed deconstruction of their sound.” Allmusic

“It probably won’t come as a surprise that ‘Condition’ is not an album for the faint of heart, but as far as Spectres albums go, this is actually the most welcoming they’ve ever been.” Crackle Feedback (9/10)

“Finally there is a band that has taken what Sonic Youth did with guitars and run with it. ‘Condition’ is an absolute motherfucker. Anyone who still believes that new sounds can be drawn out of guitars and that loving noise doesn’t mean hating melody or structure should be all over this like a hungry octopus.” Soundblab (10/10)

Rough Trade Album of the Week, Bristol’s Spectres release their new album Condition today on Sonic Cathedral.

You can listen to Condition streaming now on The Quietus
Condition is the follow-up to their acclaimed 2015 debut, Dying, it was recorded by Dominic Mitchison in the band’s adopted home city of Bristol and mastered by Frank Arkwright (Mogwai, 65daysofstatic) at Abbey Road in London.

It’s louder and more abrasive than their debut, but also a real progression. It sounds huge and adds a genuinely innovative and confrontational edge, partly inspired by last year’s remix album, Dead, which saw everyone from Factory Floor to Richard Fearless instructed to “kill” the songs from Dying.

Don’t miss Spectres live in March and April on their extensive UK tour:

March 21 – Ramsgate – Ramsgate Music Hall:
March 23 – London – Birthdays:
March 25 – Falmouth – MONO:
April 19 – Nottingham – The Angel:
April 20 – Sheffield – Picture House Social:
April 21 – Glasgow – Nice N Sleazy:–guests-nice-n-sleazy/
April 22 – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s:
April 23 – Sunderland – The Museum Vaults
April 24 – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club:
April 25 – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds:
April 26 – Oxford – The Cellar:
April 27 – Rugby – West Indian Club
April 28 – – Brighton – The Hope & Ruin:
April 29 – Bristol – The Exchange

Spectres are:
Joe Hatt (vocals, guitar)
Adrian Dutt (guitar)
Darren Frost (bass)
Andy Came (drums)
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