Photography: Gaz Jones / garethjonesphotographer.com

Spring King

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  • Get Inuit
  • Strange Collective
Harvest Sun @ Arts Club 18/5/16

SPRING KING have gone a long way since leaving university here in Liverpool. The band have gone onto become one of the most exciting mainstream indie groups emerging in the past year, playing with the likes of Slaves, while lead singer and drummer Tarek Musa has found fame separately as a producer for the likes of Bad Breeding, Big Moon and Gengahr. So it’s with great excitement that we greet the band for their return to Liverpool. The substantial crowd are eager to catch the group prior to their ever-looming album release.

First up tonight, though, is something a little different in the form of Liverpool’s finest psych surf foursome, STRANGE COLLECTIVE. The barrier between themselves and the crowd proves an unusual sight at one of their gigs as they usually throw themselves headlong into the crowd, but it’s no real barrier to a band with this amount of verve. Smashing drunkenly through a debauched, swirling set of psych-inspired garage, the group win round a crowd filled with faces unfamiliar with the lysergic tunes. The set’s highlight comes with the announcement of playing Four In One Hole. “Yeah it is what you think it’s about,” lead singer Alex says cheekily as the face of one accompanying mum’s face drops.

From the leftfield fuzzed-up psychedelia of Strange Collective we move to the snot punk of Kent’s finest, GET INUIT, who have released a string of well-received singles and EPs. Arriving onstage the band stamp their prominence with a bang. However, it is lead singer Jamie who struts around the stage like a prepubescent Jagger, with a series of neck bops and obscure dance moves. His voice proves extremely powerful as he pulls the microphone away and still projects just as loud. The group’s set proves an electric one with vitality and virility.

With drinks flowing and a now booming audience it’s time for main act Spring King to take centre stage. Before even donning their instruments the group have the audience on their side. With an ocean of Spring King badges, tees and hats scattered amongst the crowd, it’s obvious that their fanbase is a devoted one. With a small shout-out to Liverpool (“This is our second home”) the band explode into life, with the audience following shortly in a frenzied mosh pit with both arms and beers flying. The band power through a set of now-familiar singles – most notably Summer and Rectifier – as well as a handful of yet-to-be-released album tracks. It’s impossible to doubt Spring King’s boisterous and infectious stage presence, a trait which has been key in them cementing the devotion of their fans. However, there’s an issue tonight in Musa’s juggling of both drumming and singing duties. A rare off night? Here’s hoping.

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