Spring King – It’s a name we have all seen or heard over the past few years. Since 2015 they have become the band who set the pace for alternative pop-rock . Last time I saw the boys was at Tramlines festival 2018, Sheffield. Despite the fast pace set and energetic crowd, something was missing and I now realise it was the length of time in which they were on stage. Watching them at The Cluny on their UK tour during September demonstrated that you cannot restrain these lads who want to inject a new wave of punk, reviving it more and more with every second they perform.
Being my first time at the Cluny in Newcastle I was intrigued to see how the venue compliments a performer and entices the crowd into an authentic and raw atmosphere. The Cluny did it well. Viewpoints being staggered on different levels created a dynamic of which complimented Spring King. It was a 360 degree performance where there were no barriers – quite literally. Fans of the band were jumping on stage, living every moment, then had the balls to jump into a somewhat spacious mosh pit.
I have seen many bands within the demographic of Spring King fans – if that be Cabbage, Black Honey, Slaves or The Blinders, yet few of them have achieved such a strong sense of locality and broad scale of demographic at their live shows.
Spring King have a unique skill live that is hard to master. This skill is to create a rowdy vibe almost instantly with tracks like City yet give the people at the back (a.k.a me) just as much of a show. Maybe we are all still in awe that many of the lead vocals are by Tarek Musa WHILST he plays drums. Or we can all just simply appreciate they are a small-scale band that aren’t just a phase.
By Natalie Greener