The NME lauded the ‘rancid punk and rickety garage’ of Spring King’s debut EP, Demons, and namechecked them as one of the top 10 new bands of the year. Manchester Wire detects some catchy hooks there, too, that might lift Tarek Musa’s Manc newcomers, born in a bathroom, into the big league. In particular check out the bouncy Not Me Now (listen below). The title track recalls Black Lips, Arcade Fire even, a darker, anthemic step-up from the riotous garage stomp of earlier single Mumma. The genesis of the band already looks the stuff of legend. One winter morning after a sleepless night, young producer Tarek set up a drumkit and a Marshall practice amp in a disused broken bathroom in his home. By the end of that same day, he’d recorded Let’s Ride and released it online under the alias Spring King. An avalanche of tracks spilled out over the next few months, culminating in an impressive demo, In All This Murk And Dirt’. Now there’s a tight, energetic band – Peter Darlington, Andrew Morton, Anna B. Savage and James Green – to consolidate his ambition. Support comes from Mistoa Poltsa and Pink Rick.

Thur 25 Sep, Night & Day Cafe, 26 Oldham Street, M1 1JN, 8pm, £6,

Thu 25 Sep
Neil Sowerby
Published on:
Mon 22 Sep 2014