Who Are You? – Spring King (2016, Island Records, Taken from ‘Tell Me If You Like To’)
Until Robbie Savage, the weird haired, celebrity dancer and ex footballer, pitched up with a few million quid in his back pocket, and purchased Macclesfield Town Football Club whilst accompanied by a BBC Camera Crew, the most famous thing about Macclesfield was, Spring King (probably).
A band who were briefly in 2015 touted as being one of the bands who might just drag indie guitar music out of the landfill site. They were described as being full of youthful exuberance and were the sort of band that you expected to see turn up in an episode of Skins, playing an absolute stormer as an out-of-control house party raged around them (if Skins was still on in 2015 that is).
Spring King pitched their sound, and by sound I mean indie guitar racket, somewhere between post punk and garage rock, the guitars were cranked up and were susceptible to decent amounts of deliciously fuzzy feedback and distortion, the drums throbbed , the vocals yelped and yowled and the indie world quivered in anticipation.
They had the backing too, Zane Lowe for one, championed them very early on, playing their demos before they had even been signed. He then brought them to the worlds attention again by making them the first band to be played on Beats 1 Radio. The NME also adored them as well and after a high energy set at the influential SXSW festival they looked set to take over the world. This is the song that Zane played to the entire music community.
City – Spring King (2016, Island Records, Taken from ‘Tell Me if You Like To’)
Given the exposure that this bought the band, it was a little surprising that they didn’t take over the world. However, you could argue that it also did the bands legs. ‘City’ was seen as a statement of intent from a band with huge potential, but when their debut album ‘Tell Me If You Like To’ was released a few months later it was received with lukewarm reviews. Words like “Comfortable” and “Risk Free”, “Predictable” and “Rushed” featuring heavily in them. I’ve just listened to it and some of that is a bit harsh. This track for instance is very good
Heaven -Spring King (2016, Island Records, Taken from ‘Tell Me If You Like To’)
Of course, fans of the band will tell you that the major label that they were signed to, told them to cash in on the hype and that is what the problem with their debut album was. It’s not their fault. However, in the space of about six months, Spring King went from being pretty much the most exciting new band in the UK to a band making exactly the same sort of landfill indie that they were supposed to rescue us from.