The Spectres are back. When the all-female band debuted locally last spring, their on-stage energy and undeniable chemistry won over audiences of all ages. With a new lead vocalist and expanded set list, the Spectres are looking to become the classy lady band that everyone is talking about.
Jeff Davis, a veteran of the local music scene, said of the Spectres, “”Electrifying, Cabaret-style entertainment the likes of which has never been seen in Upstate New York. A melody-driven, humorous, estrogen-steeped romp! Don’t miss it! A must see!”
The band’s original lineup consisted of Erin Simons on lead vocals, Katie Donovan on upright bass and backing vocals, Julia Stead on keyboard, and Sarah Galvin on percussion. Their sound is acoustic-eclectic with diverse influences such as Vampire Weekend and the Velvet Underground. When Simons moved across the country in June, her long-time friend Mary Musial took the reigns as frontwoman.
Musial was well-prepared for the role after studying theatre at Niagara University and taking part in impromptu performances with local bands such as the Predators. Donovan earned both a B.A. and an M.A. in Music Education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Galvin graduated from NYU with a concentration in Music & Linguistics. Stead has studied piano since the age of 5 and developed her chops by performing live with other groups.
While on hiatus, the band focused on expanding their set list to include songs from every era. They cover acclaimed artists across genres including Patsy Cline, Regina Spektor, Ella Fitzgerald, and Mary J. Blige.
Future plans for the band include writing and performing original songs as well as recording. Galvin owns and operates E3 Music Solutions, a music production company with recording facilities in Central Square. “I look forward to being a stern taskmaster in the studio,” Galvin said. She continued, “Honestly though, it is such a joy to make music with these ladies.”
The Spectres are scheduled to reappear on Saturday, October 9th from 8 to 10pm at Red Sun Fire Roasting Co. on West First Street in Oswego.