“Us Vs Them” by Spring King
Spring King recently announced the release of their second album A Better Life. Released on August 17th via Island Records. The band is now streaming the single “Us Vs Them”. The album was once again produced by band member Tarek Musa.
A Better Life is the follow-up to their 2016 debut, Tell Me If You Like To, and a primal, joyous, generational demand for no less than a better world. For the first time in their six-year existence, the Manchester four-piece have fully collaborated, a band no longer looking to Tarek Musa (vocals/drums) for the central sound. The result is an astounding volcanic flare of musical energy, born of an equally collective confidence from Tarek and his bandmates Pete Darlington (guitar), Andy Morton (guitar) and James Green (bass).
A Better Life is lyrically vivid, reflecting the bands’ concerns, ambitions and the hopes they have for their generation. The album artwork shows a communal family, all ages and backgrounds, in their vision of utopia, in a nod to the early 20th Century Woodcraft movement – who the band discovered while exploring idea of ‘A Better Life’. They were pioneers of a burgeoning modernity who called for universal suffrage, worker’s rights, sexual and racial equality. “It’s about unifying,” says Tarek. “Our generation is gonna be in charge one day. And I hope people’s morals outweigh any financial attractions in life. Outweigh working for a corporate giant that’s doing harm to the world.”
The band also announced a UK tour for this September, including shows at London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town and Manchester’s O2 Ritz. Spring King also play London’s Victoria Park today at All Points East Presents, alongside Catfish & The Bottlemen, Blossoms, The Magic Gang, The Big Moon and more as well as Reading and Leeds Festivals this August.
A Better Life
Ready For War
Us Vs Them
Have You Ever Looked Up Into The Sky?
Spring King festival dates
1st June All Points East Presents @ Victoria Park, London
7th July Pointu Festival, Six-Fours-les-Plages, France
22nd July Tramlines Festival, Sheffield
18th August RiZe Festival, Cheltenham
25th August Reading Festival, Reading
26th August Leeds Festival, Bramham Park
1st September Bingley Music Live, Bingley
Headline tour dates
19th September St Lukes, Glasgow
20th September The Cluny, Newcastle
21st September Plug 2, Sheffield
22nd September O2 Academy 2, Liverpool
25th September Thekla, Bristol
26th September Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
27th September O2 Institute 2, Birmingham
28th September O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
29th September O2 Ritz, Manchester
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