Spring King: "We don't know how to pace ourselves!"

Neu Spring King: “We don’t know how to pace ourselves!”

Tarek Musa is getting more prolific by the second, with new EP ‘Demons’ set to be followed swiftly by at least one album.

Fourth months might not seem like a long time to bridge releases for an everyday artist, but Tarek Musa’s thinking otherwise when it comes to Spring King.

The Manchester-based producer/drummer/vocalist released a debut single (‘Mumma’) back in March, took his band on the road for showcase felts like Liverpool Sound City and The Great Escape - then it was back to the studio. The reason he started the project falls down to Ty Segall (“I was like ‘Fuck’, completely blown away”) and he shares the idol’s prolific spirit. Next year he hopes to get not one, but two albums out into the world. “We get very bored very quickly. We always wanna make new sounds,” he says. “I wanna do a few albums. It depends - at the moment I’m still writing the songs.”

Without getting too carried away, first on the agenda is new EP ‘Demons’. It arrives a good year on from the emergence of scrappy, early Spring King demos, distortion epitomised. Tarek claims that over time, material’s become more “poppy”, with a “garage pop” aesthetic linking together these wild, crazed songs. It’s a boundless set of recordings, possessing all the energy of a pack of hyenas gone days without prey.

"Our eagerness and impatience comes across"

— Tarek Musa

It’s the same when the band play live, where the four-piece collectively threaten to jump off stage at any moment. “Our eagerness and impatience comes across,” Tarek admits, when it comes to the gigs. “You wait around all day to play 30 minutes and then smash it out. I think we’re all vented up with energy, ready to go,” he says, admitting that “I’ve thrown up on stage in the past.”

“We don’t know how to pace ourselves”, is Tarek’s own admission. That’s of no detriment. Lead track on the EP, ‘Can I?’, explodes into life from the get-go. Tarek tends to record most of the parts himself initially - then he invites members into his bathroom-turned-studio, where each individual will “bring their own flair” to a recording. This group mentality is holding them in good stead - already they’re getting a rep as one of the most exciting live bands in the country. Now it’s a case of translating that energy into thrashing recordings and a lifetime’s supply of releases.

Taken from the August 2014 issue of DIY. Spring King's 'Demons' EP is out 8th September via Transgressive/ParadYse.

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