Spring King’s hotly anticipated debut album Tell Me If You Like To is released little under a year after they made history as the first band to be played on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1. With a string of single releases, a busy summer of festival appearances and sold out UK tours you’d expect this to be one of the most exciting debuts in a long while, and you’d be right.
Tell Me If You Like To perfectly puts garage rock, DIY production and sing-a-long choruses together with almost every single track. The album starts with ‘City’, a booming drum fill from one-of-a-kind frontman Tarek Musa and instantly the whole band are perfectly in sync with harmonised vocals on the chorus. The breaks during the verses of these songs add incredible pace and are almost a necessity for the band’s sound, while Musa tries desperately to catch a breath wherever he can during a performance.
‘Detroit’ and ‘Rectifier’ are particular highlights on the album. You can imagine being with a group of your mates at a sweaty gig screaming the lyrics at the top of your lungs while trying to jump in time with the bass and drums but also not spilling a drop of your drink in the mayhem that ensues. The title track ‘Tell Me If You Like To’ is probably the most punk the band go on their album. It’s 2 minutes and 27 seconds of kicking and screaming; angsty lyrics distorted through reverb vocals and choppy instrumentation.
This is a band who’ve played live show after live show and have through this created a crowd pleasing album filled with hits and a few quieter moments which let you reflect on what’s just happened, such as ’Heaven’, a softer cut that ends the album with “Let your heart speak, don’t bottle it, let it speak out.” So speaking from my heart, Spring King are one of the best new bands around. In the ever changing landscape of music it is vital for bands to connect with young people so they can find ‘their band’ that are up-and-coming but can also sell out venues. Tell Me If You Like To will no doubt finish highly on not only the best debuts, but best albums of the year.