Bob Spencer has been a mainstay of the Australian hard rock scene for over four decades, having started in Finch before playing guitar for Skyhooks, The Angels and now Rose Tattoo but it wasn’t until recently that he decided to release a solo album with himself taking over vocal duties.
“I came into this not expecting anything”, he said of the album Saints & Murderers which was released last week. “Not to kid myself, but I just think that’s the reality of the music business at the moment. I think it’s unrealistic to expect things, especially for someone like me who is… I have a seniors card (laughs) and I’m no longer in a famous band. Actually, I AM in a famous band (laughs), however, having a solo career outside of that is a very different thing. You need to be realistic about those sorts of things. Record companies are not gonna jump on what I’m going to do or anything I have done outside of the band so I didn’t expect anything at all and I’m really happy with the result so far”.
In the full interview Bob goes into further detail on the record, including his stints at therapy to help overcome his fear of singing, what he has taken from past frontmen he has played with including Shirl and Doc Neeson, the difference between writing lyrics for a band and for himself, the lyrical and song content of the album, the meaning behind the title and more.