STREET-SMART INDIE-POP NEWCOMER, ALEX SPENCER BLAZES FROM BUSKER TO FUTURE HEADLINER STATUS WITH THE RELEASE OF EARTH-SCORCHING DEBUT SINGLE: A NIGHT TO WASTE
- Stolen guitars and endless days playing in the rain, self-starting teenage songwriter kicks on from hustling beginnings with first recordings
- Natural, prodigious talent in the mould of Jake Bugg, Declan McKenna and Sam Fender, shines on A Night To Waste with more to come
Alex Spencer – A Night To Waste
OUT 25/4/23 on Modern Sky UK
Treasure has been unearthed on the streets of Manchester and a new whip-smart, street-savvy voice of late-teen thrills, spills and taken chances emerges in the shape of Alex Spencer and his debut single, A Night To Waste. Those in the know already know him. Passers-by, his home city’s street communities and fellow musicians have long had sight and sound of Spencer’s young, go-getting, tale-telling talents and now the combustible, open secret is ready to ignite as the busking school-leaver’s first recordings find their way into the world.
Evidently born to do it, Spencer stepped out of his home with a borrowed guitar under his arm as an even younger, adventurous teen, gamely taking up residence on busy shopping streets to test out transient audiences and tourists in places they’d least expect to find a new talent. Baby-stepping through the chords of Ben E King’s Stand By Me and 10CC’s Dreadlock Holiday to begin with, Spencer advanced to dissecting the modern classics of Arctic Monkeys and Sam Fender before inevitably starting to construct songs all of his own. The rest is history and the future has begun.
Stepping up to the mic away from his natural stage in the open air and in a recording studio for the first time, Spencer has taken up arms with artist and producer, Adam French after signing with leading, star-making indie, Modern Sky (The Lathums, Crawlers, Brooke Combe). Ready to tour into summer with a full band in tow, the 16-year-old’s debut single bubbles with energy as the lyrics handle the frustrations of ever being held back.
He says of the song: “It’s about the life of a teenager who wants to live their life a little and get out of the same old boring suburb. It’s about enjoying a good time with their friends and that ‘none of us have got a night to waste’. It’s the same for so many people my age, especially after all the setbacks we’ve had over the past few years with lockdowns stopping us in our tracks.”
Striving independently to establish his name, Spencer has already received significant support from influential areas of the music world including exposure on-air with Radio X. Listeners have voted with their downloads and streams as early, self-released singles climbed to the top of the iTunes Singer-Songwriter Chart.
Spencer has already enjoyed the thrill of playing to an arena audience, performing his songs in front of 20,000 music fans at Manchester’s AO Arena following endorsement from Young Voices, bringing school age voices to the UK’s biggest venues.