Tuesday 30 July 2013

Spring King - Sticks

Single review by kev@thesoundofconfusion.co.uk

If you've been finding the inevitable deluge of summer tunes a little bit slick and predictable then you'd do well to check out the new single from Spring King. The enigmatic band seem to do seasons quite well, as last time we featured them was back in January with the distinctly darker sounding 'V-V-V-Vampire', mind you, primal garage-punk like that is all weather music, so it probably wouldn't sound to out of place now. But the guys have brought us something entirely different and seemingly engineered for this time of year for their latest trick.

With the opening refrain of "summer summer summer summer..." there's little hiding their intentions (and little hiding their cynical attempt to tap into a specific market). Mind you, with the type of music they make, it's difficult to see Spring King tapping into any market other than that of cult heroes. 'Sticks' is a lazy, lo-fi, discordant type of song but in the best possible way. It feels like a relaxed sunny pop tune that's been pumped full of Valium and probably doesn't know where it is, but still it ambles along quite delightfully. And to be honest, the effects of a few beers and too much sun produce a similar reaction in humans, so they've probably hit the nail on the head with this one.

Spring King's website

Catch them live:

Oct 19 Night and Day Cafe, Manchester, UK

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