Spectators is a five-piece Indie/Space Dance-punk band from the Suburbs of Chicago. They were formed in the Spring of 2012 by Josiah Viland and Chris Ford. Aaron Viland was soon added on for the writing and recording of their first release (Departure Acoustic EP.) Spectators opened for American Idol's Chris Medina at Bottom Lounge in September, followed by a win at the Best of the Midwest Fest in Aurora, Illinois.
The band then released the 'Retro EP' in November, showcasing a new rhythmic, full band sound. Long time admirer, Water Halliwell, was swiftly added to the group, playing guitar and keys; filling out the lineup for their first performance at House of Blues Chicago in December, 2012. The following year, they were real busy bugs, buzzing around every local venue possible. In August, they opened for Saints of Valory at House of Blues and rocked the house. After this show, they took a break to finally put the finishing touches on what would be their debut album.
In April of 2014, Spectators released their debut album Paranoia into the world. The world reacted rather positively.