17 Oct 2016

Spring King @ Manchester Academy (live review)

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Last Friday saw me rushing through the busy streets of Manchester to see a band I've had a certain feeling about, ever since they supported JAWS back at the start of 2015. The breezy northern boys Spring King are currently in the midst of the lengthy Tell Me If You Like To UK tour in support of their magnificent debut album; with dates everywhere from Portsmouth to Edinburgh, the quartet are certainly giving the people what they want and more, undoubtedly attracting more fans with their infectious, high energy shows.
I knew Manchester would be a special date (what with it being a sold out hometown show) but I didn't quite comprehend how good a night I was going to have.

Things were kicked off with some fizzy indie-pop from Get Inuit, followed by Brighton clan The Magic Gang; All That I Want Is You and Jasmine were fluently delivered as we received a masterclass on dreamy vocals with kitschy and cute riffs to match. The Manchester crowds know and love this bunch therefore their perfect support slot went down a treat.

Finally, after a raucous and rowdy wait, Spring King took to the stage and set off with Better Man, arriving with a few ice cold pints over our way, and a whole lot of jumping. Something about their energy captivated the whole crowd, we didn't stay still for one moment. The band soared through well known anthems such as Detroit and The Summer; both full of surf brilliance. A personal highlight was, They're Coming After You where the chorus, "who are you, they're coming after you", was chanted by a good 900 people strong sold-out Academy 2. City directly followed, a glimpse into the luminous pop punk vibes of their 2015 EP. A particular favourite of mine, it elevated their live potential even more.

Things were wrapped up with Let's Ride, a speedy two minute trip into USA giants Fidlar's territory, and Rectifier, a gleaming burst of high spirited indie, a sure fire way to end an amazing show.


Words: Ruby Kenwright