Track Of The Day – Curxes – Spectre


Our favourite south coast sextro-electro pop duo return with a new single, a dark spectral electronic monster entitled “Spectre”. No it’s not an ode to the gun totting maniac genius of the creator of the “Wall of Sound”, nor is it a homage to a somewhat bland indie band who had the audacity to take his name. How do we know this? Well the clues are in the spelling, see, although it could possibly be a thinly veiled tribute to SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) as featured in the James Bond movies. In fact we can imagine Curxes’ singer Roberta belting out a kind of dark gothic electro alternative Bond theme, such is the power of her  formidable singing pipes.  But in reality it’s probably about doomed love and all that. It’s also very, very wonderful as Roberta fuses Siouxsie and Yazoo to create a dystopian tale of doomed love, grave consequences and ghostly goings on, backed by Macaulay’s crazed guitar riffs and electronic thunder, which at times sound like Michael Myers has gone ape-shit with a chainsaw in a car crushing plant. It’s like M.R. James meets Bladrunner  as Curxes once again prove, they are better than your favourite band. Period.


Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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