Spring King + Weirds + Calva Louise
Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh
February 14 2018
Words/Pictures: Richard Cobb
“Who’s here on a date tonight then? I wore my red shirt especially,” Spring King's drummer/singer Tarek Musa jokes. The love-In didn’t end there - there was a real connection between the Macclesfield band and the sold out Edinburgh crowd who were making the most of an intimate gig with one of their favourite bands on Valentine’s Day in the capital.
Bounding onto the stage to the sound caffeine that is 'Come On!' by The Hives, the breakneck pace of alt-rock post-punks Spring King didn’t let up for the hour they are on stage, bursting through 'Detroit', 'It's So Dark' and 'Demons', like the latter song's title. There’s definitely a working ingredient to their signature style, but there’s enough in the songs like 'Tell Me If You Like To' and 'Animal' to keep them interesting and ensure the crowd have plenty to be cheerful about. New song ‘Ready For War’ - which may feature on a new album later this year - was well received and an early highlight of the set.
Ending with what is still easily their best song, ‘Rectifier’, which sparked off a mosh pit which grew arms and legs and turned into a stage invasion, the band proved that their passion is still there and if they can replicate a similar raw urgency of that track on a new album this year, the band should have no problems adding to their loyal and at times chaotic fan base.