Spotlight Kid is a shoegazing/dream-pop six-piece band from Nottingham, England. They were founded in 2006 by six.by seven drummer Chris Davis. They released their debut album Departure that year, and an EP a few years later. In 2011, they released their second record Disaster Tourist, which they recorded in two days, as a UK-only release. They recorded each song live in one take. In the autumn of 2012, they re-released the album world-wide on Saint Marie Records with an expanded track listing. This is yet another in my continuing series on SMR artists. There will be more to come.
One of the bonus tracks is a pretty spectacular super-spacy cover of the Simple Minds song “Don’t You Forget About Me”. Although it’s not the song of the day, I highly recommend it
As amazing as that is, we’re here tonight for the album-opening song “Plan Comes Apart”, which is deliciously squawky and noisy. Amps to elevens. Loads of feedback, pitch shifting, and other knob twisting. And wave after crushing wave of warm, wet noise.
“Plan Comes Apart” by Spotlight Kid
It’s like complete sonic annihilation. And I always want more. This and a few other songs on the album are blistering, bloody assaults. I’m sure that it’s a very impressive set of pedal boards that they use. Songs like this are why people compare them to bands like Swervedriver, A Place to Bury Strangers, and MBV. Noise, noise, and more crafty noise.
Other songs on the album, like the “Don’t You Forget About Me” cover are more about atmospherics and dreamy textures. And it’s those songs that make people compare Spotlight Kid to bands like Slowdive.
All of this, and the sublime vocals of Katty Heath, make this scream “mid-1990s”. And that means that it lands in my record collection and gets put into heavy rotation.
Check out the video, too. It also has a bit of a “120 Minutes” feel to it.
They’ve also just released a single called “Budge Up”, which will be on their forthcoming album due out some time this year. They’re also hoping to tour the United States with the new album. I hope so too.