The Spectors release their second album ‘OOH AAH AAH’ on Friday 30th March. It will be available in various formats, including digital, limited white vinyl and CD. First single ‘Borderline’ inspired the album’s title with its ooh’ing and aah’ing, the London-set song tells a tale of sushi and love gone wrong. ‘Borderline’ features a video by Frederic Vanhalst and Didier
Tomatrax caught up with Marieke Hutsebaut to ask a few questions.
Your second album is about to be released, how does it feel to have it finished and ready to go?
It’s a huge relief. As soon as you hold the album on vinyl or CD all the stress for deadlines just melts away.
What made you pick ‘Borderline’ as the album’s first single?
It’s the opening track and starts out with ‘ooh aah aah’ which is the album title. We also think this is one of the catchiest tunes on there.
What made you decide to name the album after the ooh’ing and aah’ing in Borderline?
People spend way too much time thinking of a concept and artwork for their album. The ‘ooh aah aah’ is a statement. We think ooh’s and aah’s are absolutely necessary in music. As for the artwork, we want to make people think either ‘wow this is so cool’ or ‘this artwork is fucking ugly’. Bands are making their artwork so deeply artistic nowadays, I think the brutal simplicity of our album art will definitely stand out.
How will the rest of the album compare with ‘Borderline’?
There’s some more catchy pop tunes on there like Borderline. A couple heavier songs too but not as heavy as the previous album. We really wanted to highlight our poppy side on Ooh Aah Aah.
What inspired you to write a song based on the Land of Oz (Dorothy)?
It’s one of my favourite movies ever. It’s so unreal. I love the way the colours are so bright and was amazed the entire thing was done in technicolor. The way the witch melts at the ending is epic. I’ve watched this movie for over a hundred times I think and still watch it once or twice every year. The Wizard of Oz definitely deserved a song!
What is the music scene like in Belgium?
There are alot of very good groups over here but they are mostly experimental or very heavy. There’s a handful of guitar bands like us who just make regular pop songs. The mainstream music in Belgium is mostly r&b and Dutch rap, that’s the kind of stuff that makes it to the radio here.
Given you’re from Belgium, why do you write songs in English?
Sometimes I think about how weird it is that bands who aren’t native English speakers write their songs in English. There’s a couple of reasons why our songs aren’t in Dutch. First of all, we want our music to be as widespread as possible, we don’t want to be limited to Belgium and The Netherlands. Second reason is I just think Dutch is a very ugly language for music. In Belgium, mostly schlager bands sing in Dutch.
When writing what comes first, the words or the music?
The music and the vocal melody comes first, this is the easy part. The hardest part is writing the lyrics. Sometimes I think I found something very good and then the next day it’s shit.
Where did the name The Spectors come from?
My ex boyfriend invented this name. It’s based on Phil Spector and sixties band names that start with ‘the’. Funny fact is that Phil and I share the same birthday, we were born 50 years apart on December 26.
Do you ever listen to your own music?
A lot! When I write, I try to write music that I enjoy listening to. I’m a very critical person so when the song is on repeat for like 20 times I know it’s good.
What other music do you listen to?
Things that are in my playlist right now are The Sheila Divine (we’re supporting them on their Belgian tour), The Demon Parade, Househats, Tame Impala, Duran Duran, …
I don’t really listen to full albums, just the best songs on those albums. I’m a compulsive listener so every couple of weeks I have a few songs that I play obsessively.
What do you have planned once the album is out?
We have some really nice gigs lined up. A lot will also depend on how well the album is received so we’ll have to see about that.
Check out The Spectors’ website to find out more!