Spring King have made a clear name for themselves as one of Manchester’s best upcoming bands and strongly set themselves apart from the city’s other rising indie groups. With influences of grunge and punk, the four-piece made up of Tarek Musa (drums and vocals), Pete Darlington (guitar), Andy Morton (guitar) and James Green (bass) have an unpolished vibe that also originates from James and Andy never having even played their instruments prior to the band’s first rehearsal. But by no means is this a downfall for the band as it’s lead to the creation of the scuzzy signature sound that defines them.
Spring King was formed in the most organic way: through social media comments, video game live chats and skate park meetings that lead to the pivotal “let’s start a band” conversation. Their debut EP Demons was released in September 2014, which NME said marked them as more than just an average support band; rife with talent and ambition. However, it was through their single ‘City’ that they were met with mainstream attention as Zane Lowe made the echoing track the very first to be played on Beats 1 radio in June 2015 during its first ever show. This lead to them signing a deal with Island Records and recording their debut album Tell Me If You Like To in just three weeks.
Now they’re preparing for the release of the second full-length A Better Life which is due on 31st August. Three singles have been released, all of which recieving high praise from both critics and fans. Leading track ‘Animal’ chooses to focus on more melodic aspects and bigger choruses, while ‘Us vs Them’ is pure, mellow grunge and ‘The Hum’ returns to their raw, punk roots. Spring King are going from strength to strength with these recent singles which continue to see them take pride in experimenting with the concept genre at any given opportunity.
Having toured with big names such as Kaiser Chiefs, Kasabian and Slaves, Spring King know how to put on a show to match their raucous sounds, with Tarek telling NME “I think the fans expect a little bit of energy as always with us. We love putting on really sweaty shows where everyone can lose themselves”. Catch Spring King on tour this September, with tickets on sale now from here!