A thrilling, raw, triumphant debut album...
'Tell Me If You Like To'

Spring King are a band who happily declare that what they make are “love songs”. While this may inspire one to think of pop purveyors pining after their exes, you may not necessarily imagine the boisterous beauties created by this Manchester quartet. However there’s an undeniable love and passion for rock and roll intertwined within ‘Tell Me If You Like To’ which makes everything start to make sense.

Opener ‘City’ bursts straight into high octane energy with rocketing riffs and frenzied percussion, setting the pace for the rest of the record rather effortlessly. Speeding into ‘Detroit’ and ‘Who Are You?’ the band’s punk sensibilities clamber to the forefront of the tracks in a stirringly raucous fashion.

The delicious distortion of the LP’s title track is the ultimate highlight on an album full of soaring hits and virtually no misses. Its brazen, youthful energy is something that is replicated throughout the entirety of the release with unprecedented charming angst.

‘The Summer’, being ever so slightly more delicate, captures the essence of a basking summer afternoon lazing around in a festival field perfectly set alongside the echoing vocal of: “The summer’s here.” Album closer ‘Heaven’ brings proceedings to a mellow close with a more wistful sonic arrangement and the coy line: “Let your heart speak / Don’t bottle it / Let it speak out.”

Raw, rambunctious, rollicking and rowdy, Spring King’s debut offering is further proof that the future of rock ’n' roll is achingly thrilling.

8/10

Words: Shannon Cotton

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