Spector 45

The Booker T. Washington high school kids in Spector 45 don't need to be graded on a curve. The quartet's EP release Girls, Cars & Rock n' Roll is wise beyond the band's almost 18 months together. The boys call themselves greaser punks and cite influences from the founding fathers of rock and roll and punk. Their sound is a riotous union between giddy, goofy, Girltroversy-era Darlington and the rumble and rockabilly of old-school Reverend Horton Heat. Singer/guitarist Frankie Campagna sings out his girl craziness and apathy toward school and home with a mature swagger and tongue in cheek. Acoustic guitars give Spector 45's sound a more furious, anxious, textured sound than electrics could. It's fuller and grittier. They still need a few lessons on production--muffled vocals sound like Campagna is singing through a megaphone at times, and the rest of the band sounds muted in comparison. But the spirit and the live spitfire is intact, and that's the hardest thing for a young band to do.
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Shannon Sutlief