There’s raw poppy fuzz to Spring King’s vibe, borne from bite-sized energy chunks that are natural ingredients for a Friday night hair-down. Fully equipped with the red button set to pogo, the tone comes milked with zingy pop distortion enough to create move-busting excuses to crash the pub’s dance floor without the need to sugar-comb extravaganza, yet merged effortlessly with modern pop culture, adding a scratching of anarchy at will.
By sugar-combing the extravaganza, I’m referring to the pre-gel punk days of the latter 70s, when sugar water was the solution to back-combing your hair. Spring King doesn’t mind if you’re donned to the nines, strapped in leather or wearing your dad’s skirt; their sound will get you revved regardless.
Founding member, producer, singer and drummer Tarek Musa nurtured the band from a makeshift studio in a spare bathroom he had knocking about in his house in Manchester. He then invited his old skateboarding buddies to share the love. With Peter Darlington jolting about on rhythm guitar, James Green on bass as well as vocals and Andy Morton whamming it up on surf guitar, they took their ‘bathroom’ to town and haven’t looked back.
Their Demons album came out in September 2014, including the almost Cribs-like sound in ‘Mumma/Mumma pt.II’ and ‘Better Man’. With a more recently released five-track EP, including their latest single ‘City’, which Handsome Dad Records immediately snapped up, they hastened a quick re-edit inclusive of a dub version of the title track ‘They’re Coming After You’, just for a slice of diversity.
Taking their name from a ‘spring tank’ in an amp Tarek used, then adding the simplicity of taking the ‘bathroom on the road’ embellishes the grassroots kick of getting on with their business, which is churning out tunes on the live circuit without overloading the hype. ‘City’ may epitomise a sense of maturity in their sound but polished it isn’t, nor is it meant to be: it’s just a belter, pure and simple.
When it comes to creating new music, Spring King is keen to study other musicians’ sound and play with the serendipity of experimentation in the recording studio. Frontman Musa sums up his inspiration:
“Listen to music you’ve never heard before, or read about people that inspire you and see how they approach creating. Some of the best interviews I’ve read with producers seem to be in studio situations that involved happy accidents or things going wrong.
For me, it has always been good finding a record that blows me away and trying to understand how they did it. Sometimes techniques and approaches are transferable even if the music is different.”
Spring King is playing a number of UK gigs and festivals in July and August. Check them out at SpringKingBand.com