Spring King @ O2 Academy, Liverpool 22/09/18

Manchester-based band Spring King are currently on tour to promote the release of their new album. ‘A Better Life‘ is the follow-up to their 2016 debut ‘Tell Me If You Like To‘. Their fourth night of tour took them to Liverpool’s O2 Academy on Saturday (22nd).

Opening for Spring King was Ed The Dog. With all four band members kitted out in shirt and tie, they played a set of lo-fi indie rock tunes. There was an undeniable hint of britpop to main man Ed Wetenhall’s songwriting. The majority of tracks were taken from recent album ‘Shame‘.

Speaking to The Line of Best Fit after the album’s release, Ed said: “I think at its core, the album is about growing up and into yourself. The songs focus on my many experiences grappling with anxiety and guilt, pulling them apart methodically as I do and trying to work out where I fit in amongst the pieces. It’s a chaotic and visceral experience, but ultimately it’s about finding out who you are and making sense of the chaos life throws at you.”

As Abba’s ‘Dancing Queen’ blasted out of the speakers, Spring King emerged from a cloud of smoke and picked up their instruments. They opened with a track that pre-dates their debut album – the high-octane ‘Detroit‘. Throughout the set, they played a mix of tracks from both LPs and found time for a couple more oldies.

The mosh pit was a slow burner but it really got going when the band played their 2015 hit ‘City‘. It was pretty much full speed ahead from there aside from a couple of breathers. For ‘They’re Coming After You‘, Tarek grabbed the mic and left his drum kit to wander the stage and encourage the crowd to shout the lyrics back at him – not that they needed the encouragement.

Spring King took every opportunity to engage with the crowd, from anecdotes between songs to conversations with the front row. They genuinely seemed to be having a great time and their fans were loving every minute too.

Before playing new song ‘Have You Ever Looked Up Into The Sky?‘, the band explained that the songwriting for their new album A Better Life was a much more collaborative process compared to 2016’s Tell Me If You Like To which was mostly written by Tarek. This song in particular was apparently inspired by guitarist Pete’s job at a bakery (not Greggs, as confirmed by the man himself).

Spring King have always been a great live band and one I’ve particularly enjoyed having seen them four times times now. The first time, they were supporting Jaws in Manchester over 3 years ago. I didn’t know anything about them but they caught my attention immediately with their punchy tunes and raw energy on stage. The material from the new album only adds to this – the songs are heavier and even more relentless than before. I think A Better Life is a fantastic rock album and Spring King have succeeded in topping their debut effort. The fact that it’s clear to see these boys love playing live and enjoying the music with their fans makes their shows all the more special.

  • Detroit
  • Ready for War
  • Let’s Drink
  • It’s So Dark
  • City
  • Us Vs Them
  • Demons
  • No More
  • The Hum
  • Animal
  • Take Me Away
  • They’re Coming After You
  • Mumma
  • Have You Ever Looked Up Into the Sky?
  • Who Are You?
  • Let’s Ride
  • Rectifier