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He’s had a lengthy musical apprenticeship with the likes of Les Incompétents but with new band Spector, Frederick MacPherson might just be the new Johnny Borrell.
Craig Fitzpatrick, 15 Feb 2012
“If you want a new colour to pin to your mast, if you want to be the first person in your school talking about a band, then we can be that,” declares Fred MacPherson, briefly escaping his default humble setting. “That never really lasts, so you’ve only got the next six months to enjoy us while we’re fresh. After that, we’re just going to be last year’s tips, yesterday’s newspapers, today’s fish and chip wrappers!”
MacPherson, who’s been knocking around in various London bands for years (though he’s still only 23), should know that better than most and seems keen not to take the current media clamour around Spector too seriously. They might be this year’s Vaccines. But he doesn’t suggest they’re an upgrade.
“Maybe kids should buy The Vaccines first and then if they have some money left, buy our single,” he grins. “I don’t think we’re better than any other band around but we are slightly different.”
Not what you’d expect from a man recently tagged as “the new Johnny Borrell, just in a better suit”, a description he gently rebuffs.
“I think I’m the new Johnny Borrell in a worse suit! If I can write a song as good as ‘Golden Touch’ and date Kirsten Dunst for a while maybe that would be worth being hated by the British public. And I might get to wear some white jeans as well, so fuck it!”
What does he hate about music right now?
“It’s unexciting,” he sighs. “Guitar bands aren’t exciting. The reason people are talking about Spector is that there’s only about three guitar bands in the whole of the UK.”
Fred’s playful modesty belies a confidence that is clear to see when he performs, and a genuine skewed wit and ‘otherness’ that could yet mark him out as a great British pop star. He’s careful not to pinch his moves from the legends however.
“I’ve taken from very minor indie bands that have come and gone,” he admits. “The things I’ve stolen are from people that aren’t going to be around to get angry with me!”