Devonshire Green. Saturday — 18:00
Spring King are one of the UK’s most exciting new bands, no question. But it’s not in their nature to take the easy route. From a bathroom-based de facto studio to their superb debut album ‘Tell Me If You Like To’, their story is a victory for any band plugging away endlessly in the hope of one day achieving their dreams.
In summer 2012 and with his parents away, Tarek began to write songs as Spring King. He had the entire house to himself. “I felt like this was the most honest way to go. I was obsessed. I woke up and I wanted to write music.” Eventually, best mate Pete Darlington told Tarek to put these songs in motion. They hastily formed a band and booked a show without having a drummer - hence why Tarek took on the double-duty. Shortly after, they asked guitarist Andrew Morton to join. Bassist James Green replied to a Facebook ad Tarek put out. He couldn’t play bass, but he purchased one on Gumtree.
As a settled four-piece, Spring King have racked up close to two hundred shows, some game-changing moments. Their first stateside trips to CMJ in 2014 and SXSW in 2015 playing the BBC Introducing showcase – marking the band out as British talent capable of taking the transatlantic jump. The summer prior, BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens picked them to play a slot on his Lake Stage at Latitude Festival. Plus tours with some of the country’s biggest names - from Wolf Alice to Slaves - gave them a platform to launch from.
While on the road, DJs like Zane Lowe, BBC Radio 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and Triple J’s Zan Rowe have fallen for the group’s in-your-face, enlivened force. They’ve been press darlings from the start, too. NME and DIY have been loyal fans, while The Guardian, Stereogum and The Line of Best Fit have also tracked their journey.