Spring King is a post-punk band formed in Manchester made up of four members; Tarek Musa, Pete Darlington, James Green and Andy Morton. They began as a solo project for singer and drummer Tarek Musa who recently won self-producing music artist of the year at the Music Producers Guild Awards.
They supported Leeds rockers, Kaiser Chiefs, on their recent tour around the UK playing large sold out crowds in huge arenas. I saw them at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham from my seat (at a far distance) and then at the First Direct Arena, Leeds at the front by the stage.
First impressions were good, they gave the arena some energy and my sister and I had a bit of a dance. We then tried to work out who was singing from the band, which was difficult to tell at such a distance. At first we thought it was James but then I worked out that it was Tarek, the drummer.
As a drummer this impressed me greatly because I struggle to do this personally so I really respect him as an artist. Songs which I loved from the first show were “Detroit” and “Rectifier” which I was humming for days afterwards.
The Leeds gig was the best, perhaps because I was so close but the vibes from the band members was incredible – shout out to Pete and his awesome guitar skills whilst he was holding the instrument above his head.
Credit: Angela Smith
They obviously enjoy themselves. Which is the main thing.
My sister and I are now both in love with Spring King. I have purchased the deluxe version of their album “Tell Me If You Like To” which I have on repeat. I am looking forward to hopefully seeing them again soon. In the mean time, I plan to work out the drum grooves to their tracks whilst eagerly waiting for another gig.
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