SPECTRES – “THE OLD REGIME”
Vancouver post-punk band, Spectres, announce a new album on the way and share the first single! ‘The Old Regime’ is available everywhere to stream now and Presence is set for worldwide release on March 15th, 2024 via Toronto’s Artoffact Records.
Charming and dreamy, the new track ebbs and flows with thundering drums, vocals blended in with the other instruments with elegant texture and contrast, and ethereally layered bass and six string guitars. Sonically leaning into the band’s pop and shoegaze influences, the song has clear post punk and rock undertones and is sure to get the band’s longstanding fanbase itching to find out what the next single has in store for them.
Spectres have been on the forefront of the post punk genre resurgence since 2005, nearly two decades, and are commonly cited as kicking off the renewed interest in this sound we are seeing today. Emerging from the DIY Punk underground, Spectres vocalist and founder Brian Gustavson wanted to blend the grassroots and independent ethic of anarcho-punk with the anomie and cold, modulated sounds of 1980’s post punk and death rock.
Though the band’s output has matured with time to embrace a wider range of new-wave and shoegaze influences their ethos remains rooted in anarcho punk. The blending of these influences allows for the curious juxtaposition of 80’s influenced pop sensibilities with lyrics that explore the alienation and cynicism of modern life and the search for hope in an increasingly terrifying world. One of the band’s core strengths is its sonic aesthetic, which ranges from brooding and confrontational dark punk to ethereal pop influenced dance anthems. Spectres’ live show harkens back to their punk origins bringing a direct and aggressive approach to their performances intended to convey a feeling of estrangement and urgency to the audience. After working with several different DIY labels over their first 12 years as a band Spectres signed with Artoffact records in the summer of 2018 and is looking forward to releasing another album with the label.
Release Date: March 15, 2024