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First Listen is the part of Musos' Guide where we tempt you in with lesser played tracks from the recent past or this very minute. Enjoy.

European headline tour:-

10/7/2016  Southampton  Joiners
10 /8/206  Brighton  Patterns
10/9/206  Norwich  Waterfront (Studio)
10/11/2016  Birmingham  Hare & Hounds
10/12/2016  York  The Crescent
10/13/2016  Newcastle  Think Tank
10/15/2016  Glasgow  Stereo
10/17/2016   Leeds  Wardrobe
10/18/2016  Liverpool  Studio 2
10/19/2016  Manchester  Deaf Institute
10/21/2016  Sheffield Leadmill
10/25/2016  Amsterdam  Sugar Factory
10/26/2016  Rotterdam  V11
10/27/2016  Eindhoven  Stroomhuis
10/29/2016  Brussels  Witloof Bar
10/30/2016  Cologne  MTC
10/31/2016  Berlin  Szimpla
11/03/2016  Munich  Unter Deck
11/04/2016  Vienna  Chelsea


Spring King - Tell Me If You Like To

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Tell Me If You Like To
 is the much anticipated debut from the Manchester four piece, Spring King. The band have been making waves over the years, touring with the likes of Wolf Alice, Slaves and Courtney Barnett, collecting a huge following as they move from venue to venue. Tarek Musa, Peter Darlington, James Green and Andrew Morton are the guys that impressively were the first unsigned band to have their music played on Beats 1. 

From the opener you can sense that the album wrestles with themes such as fear and paranoia throughout, with melancholy lyrics like: “the night comes alive, every time, you’re in my neighbourhood” taken from ‘Demons’. This said, their raw energy strays each song away from being downtrodden and instead carries hit after hit into pop territory. 

Tell Me If You Like To is an album for the summer; picture drinking a cold, fruity cider whilst listening to 'Rectifier’ echoing through the festival tents. Effortlessly cool, ‘City’ and bonus track ‘Mumma’ is consumed by rumbling, feedback ridden guitars and coarse vocals before breaking out into another catchy chorus. Spring King’s sound moves at 100mph with addictive guitar rhythms and repetitive drum beats. The epic ‘Who Are You?’ was one of the first singles from the band, which builds from the drums, intertwining fuzzy guitar riffs, before falling into a piercing horn section. A notion that is sure to get you grooving. Yet on tracks like ‘It’s So Dark’ and ‘Heaven’ lyrics falter, at times feels rushed and unfortunately don’t make a good enough stance in comparison to the others on the album. 

Lead singer Tarek Musa’s voice carries a sense of innocence and almost sounds sweet in tracks like ‘The Summer’. In ‘Take Me Away’ he wails, singing about sour themes: “Mother why it you’re crying is / Is it from the television?” This paired with plenty of crashing cymbals, and percussion, adds the right amount of zing, creating an atmospheric feeling that falls just past the point of being cautious. The whole album is upbeat and could brighten the mood of even the more stubborn, or in other words, take a tangerine, smash it with something heavy and feed the pulp to a moody child. That is what Tell Me If You Like To sounds like, one tangy gulp at a time (well sort of).

The best way to truly appreciate the power of the guitar and to blitz that melancholy undertone is to listen to this album how it was intended to be heard; full blast, outside on a sunny day with a few pals nearby. Tell Me If You Like To is a generous effort for a debut, and has a tracklist that is bold enough to bring Spring King into the forefront and market them as one of the UK’s exciting new guitar bands.

Tell Me If You Like To is available via Amazon & iTunes.

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