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Colourmusic — May You Marry Rich

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Em and the MotherSuperiors — Churches into Theaters

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Rachel Brashear — Revolution

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Feeling up

With a new lineup in place and a new album in the works (maybe), Feel Spectres are ready to art-rock OKC’s face off.

Joshua Boydston July 10th, 2013

Feel Spectres with Body Breakers
9 p.m. Saturday
113 N. Crawford, Norman

Feel Spectres is more than just a name for the indie act led by Matt Goad; it’s more like a mission statement.

“It’s kind of funny and creepy at the same time,” Goad said of the moniker, which parodies legendary record producer/convicted murderer Phil Spector. “And that suits us just fine. We want to make music that is fun, but scary, too.”

Founded in 2008, the Oklahoma City quartet is that much more capable at the latter, now that it has a new lineup, solidified last fall. Bassist Alaina Avants and guitarist/keyboardist Tory Ayers joined Goad and drummer Allen Cory, and the two have amped up the spooky.

“We’re definitely heavier than we were prior,” Goad said. “We were doing a Velvet Underground thing before. Now, it’s Black Sabbath meets Pink Floyd. We have some great new songs that are everything from heavy rockers to soft, beautiful rock songs.”

The new dynamic — two guys, two gals, with Ayers and Goad sharing vocal duties — is one that has been especially inspiring, creatively speaking.

“[Ayers’] voice is beautiful, like [Pixies’] Kim Deal ... which she would hate me saying. It kind of makes up for my sappy voice,” Goad said with a laugh. “That duality and that boy-girl thing is something that makes us unique. There are bands that have that, but not many locally, and I want to push that.”

Playing Saturday night at Opolis, Feel Spectres are back at things with a renewed energy, not to mention 10 songs waiting in the wings: eight to be recorded and two that will see release as singles within weeks.

“When you’re a new band and no one knows who you are, it’s tough to ask a person to invest three minutes of their time to listen to a song,” Goad said. “I’m also an artist, and someone can look at my paintings and instantly tell if they like it or not. Music requires an investment, and that’s my whole thing with videos. The video is a way to get the music to be listened to.”

A full-length album to follow up 2010’s self-titled debut could be in the works, although he is more concerned with giving unique visual treatments to each track as it’s finished. The video for “Sea Inside” — out now — is a James Bond-esque clip that sees the band members washed away in an ocean of eyeballs, blue inkblots and sci-fi squiggles.

“Honestly, we may or may not do [videos] for every song, but that’s the way I see it now,” Goad said. “People still like albums, but everything is really about the song and the video. We’re an art-rock group; the visuals and the imagery is important to the overall concept, and that’s something we try and do with every piece of music we make.”

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