A Better Life is both a stunning evolution from 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 the talismanic 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 band-mates Pete Darlington (guitar), Andy Morton (guitar) and James Green (bass).
A thundering procession of party-hard anthems from the newly invigorated, sonic northern powerhouse, a better life is produced once again by Tarek, who won the self-producing artist of the year at the music producer’s guild awards 2017 for his work on spring king’s debut.
Musically however, A Better Life is a triumphant progression of their previous material and the sound of the band truly understanding their own power.
Spring King have now shared the muscular, scuzzed-up, coming-of-age anthem ‘us vs them’, where reflective lyrics meet skyscraper-sized riffs. Of the track, guitarist Pete says: "I never thought much about the old haunts and memories until now. Reliving moments gone, and seeing how much life has changed. Now I really see the way in which time has passed, and where I stand today is the consequence of everything I once did. I can feel my whole world changing, softly in the morning sun.”
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.”
Last month the band shared their first piece of new music since 2016 - the primal and unpredictable ‘Animal’. Of the track, DIY wrote: “’Animal’ reintroduces Spring King with the force of a bulldozer, and could just point towards a chart-topping, festival-headlining future.”
- static (intro)
- ready for war
- let's drink
- the hum
- lightning (interlude)
- us vs. them
- echo chamber
- no more
- have you ever looked up into the sky?
- thicker skin