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.