This led to Artrocker magazine crowning them "Unsigned Band of the Year," a title that spurred on more activity for Spectres as they took up residence in a makeshift bedroom recording studio to record their next EP, the highly visceral Hunger, which was put out by the group's own label, Howling Owl Records
. Following this, the band went on scheduling more performances around the country, eventually deciding to relocate from Devon to Bristol. It proved to be a bold move, as the ensemble increased activities with Howling Owl
, promoting the likes of Wilde
, Towns, and the Naturals. A significant change came for the group when esteemed independent label Sonic Cathedral
asked them to support Lorelle Meets the Obsolete
on a nationwide tour, eventually landing Spectres a spot on the label roster.
Further success followed when they released their debut album, Dying, in 2015, an effort that gained further comparisons to acts such as Sonic Youth
and A Place to Bury Strangers
. They were hailed by NME and The Guardian, which stated the band was among those heralding a "new wave of new noise." It was around this time that Spectres had started to fully earn their reputation as a visceral and dangerously loud and raw live act.
The band unexpectedly courted controversy when it recorded and released an unofficial theme song for the 2015 James Bond movie Spectre, a move that started out as an elaborate joke due to the issue of the group's name and the film's title. However, the track ended up drawing in positive attention due to continuous airplay from BBC Radio 6. Spectres then shared a series of angry e-mails purported to be from the management of Sam Smith
, singer of the movie's official theme song, castigating Radio 6 for favoring Spectres' song over his. However, the e-mails later turned out to be fake, and Spectres were forced to apologize.
Spectres kept busy throughout 2015 with more gigs and followed up their debut with a collection of remixes entitled Dead, which boasted reworkings from the likes of Mogwai
's Stuart Braithwaite and Ride
's Andy Bell. They returned in early 2017 with their second record, Condition. Recorded by Dominic Mitchison and mastered by Frank Arkwright (Mogwai
) at Abbey Road, the album was a devastating assault of overloaded guitars, harsh textures, and sonic experimentalism. ~ Rob Wacey, Rovi