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.

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.