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Remember jumping on your mattress as a kid? There was no better feeling, especially when your parents wouldn’t dole out the cash for a shiny trampoline. Still, there was fun to be had bouncing amongst a mess of doonas and pillows. If you had to liken such an experience to a band currently on the up and up, then the mattress with the best bounce is the one with Spring King inside.
Loaded with more energy than the hyperactive Tigger, Manchester boys Spring King are making big waves. One listen to Rectifier and you’ll be hooked.
Coming from a city once known as Madchester (Manchester), England, Spring King bring songs that are fun, rough, edgy and written through a love of music. Started as a solo project by producer Tarek Musa (drums and vocals), he added long term friend Peter Darlington (guitars and vocals), Andy Morton (guitars) who Musa met by chance at a skate park, and James Green (bass). Spring King definitely hit struck the right chord as a band, especially when they were the first band played on Apple’s Beats 1 by Zane Lowe.
Pretty good for a band whose original tracks were recorded in a bathroom in the north of England. Now, Spring King have been signed to Island Records. Rectifier is their latest single and is a track that explodes with enthusiasm and high energy. There’s a punk rock vibe that comes through in its urgency. The bass line gives the dance floor reasons to move. The guitars are sonic, take your hand and lift you up out of a bad mood.
Upbeat yet dark, the contradicting sounds of Who Are You? give the song a vibrancy and harkens back to Musa’s time as a producer tinkering with sounds in the studio. Who are You? is the perfect soundtrack for Tigger from Winnie the Pooh. There’s a definite surfer vibe in the bass and guitars, perfect for enjoying this year’s extended summer.
Spring King picks up some good vibrations, using The Beach Boys pop sensibilities shwoing through in their songwriting skills. In Musa’s own words, “I’ve just let the studio take control and experimenting with distortion and tape echoes definitely helped. Sonically I’ve always been into punk and garage bands so we’ve tried to merge the two elements. Pop songs but with a dark garage sonic soundscape.”
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