Spectrals announce tour and new single

HITTING THE ROAD: Louis Jones, from Heckmondwike, who performs as Spectrals, will be going on tour next month and has unveiled the first single from his new album.
HITTING THE ROAD: Louis Jones, from Heckmondwike, who performs as Spectrals, will be going on tour next month and has unveiled the first single from his new album.
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Returning local star Louis Jones has unveiled a new single and is hitting the road to promote it next month.

Louis, from Heckmondwike, releases Sob Story – his second album as Spectrals – on Monday June 3.

This week he unveiled the first single to be released from it, A Heartbeat Behind, which comes out on Monday May 27 on Wichita Recordings.

Speaking about the track, Louis said: “This was the last song I put together for the record and it pushed out a few I’d already got bored of.

“I’d had the riff for ages but it never felt like a proper song and then the chorus just seemed to hit me, chords, lyrics, the lot.

“I never write like that really, I usually stew over the lyrics for ages then try and bolt them onto various sets of chords I have. I do remember I’d been listening to a lot of Big Star that week.”

To promote the single and album, Spectrals will be going on tour, starting with a headline show at Birthdays in London on June 4.

Spectrals – which features Louis’s brother Will in the live band – will then play a series of dates supporting retro Sunderland indie boys Frankie and the Heartstrings.

The dates with Frankie include a stop at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds on Wednesday June 5.

You can hear A Heartbeat Behind online by visiting soundcloud.com/spectrals/a-heartbeat-behind or www.spectrals.co.uk.

Those in search of more local music in the meantime can go to the Taproom in Batley this weekend, May 3-5.

On Friday, Wakefield singer-songwriter David Tattersall will launch his new album.

Then more live music will follow on Saturday and Sunday as the pub holds its Ale and Music Weekend, with a host of guest ales on offer.