:: Barely a debut I’ve been looking forward to so much and for so long. These guys so fuckin’ know how to do it.
Spring Offensive have been around for a while, the quintet first emerged on Oxford’s local live scene in 2009. The band did in fact release the mini-album Pull Us Apart in 2010 although the five boys were scattered to various UK universities after boarding school. Having found back home to Oxford, Spring Offensive started working on new songs which were released as single every now and than and absolutely stirred my blood. I was pretty excited when they ultimately announced their debut full-length to come this spring, and now it has arrived.
Entitled Young Animal Hearts, the album was fully fan funded with a Pledge Music campaign in just ten days, it drops officially on March 10, 2014 as self-release. The album will be available as download, CD and 12″ vinyl LP. You can pre-order digitally via iTunes or physically via Amazon.
Young Animal Hearts is now streaming in its entirety over at The 405 and I strongly recommend you check it out as a whole.
Hengelo is the fifth and most recent Spring Offensive single released over the course of the past eighteen months which are now also featured on Young Animal Hearts. The song is inspired by and the band’s personal approach to the true story of Dutch teenager Robin, also known as the forest boy. The most of you might be unfamiliar with the story, but it was a big thing in my Berlin hometown. The teenager appeared from nowhere on Berlin streets, claiming that he had lived with his father in the woods for years somewhere far away, having no further memory on his name and or details explaining his origin, and that he’d make his way to Berlin after his dad had died. Berlin authorities took care of him for more than a year, not without any suspicion, to eventually find out that all had been made up by the boy to escape from real life into a fantasy world when his true identity was discovered by a connection to Dutch authorities.
Spring Offensive also try to trace Robin’s paths in their official video for Hengelo. The clip is made by Ina Tatarko with the band’s Matt Cooper and Lucas Whitworth, watch it above. The five Oxford boys are touring the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany in March. Check out the dates below and listen to a live acoustic session of Hengelo (which is also available for free download vis the band’s Soundcloud).
01. Not Drowning but Waving
04. Cut the Root
05. The River
08. No Assets
09. Something Unkind
10. 52 Miles
11. Young Animal Hearts
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Mon 10 Mar 2014 // Oxford, UK // Truck Store
Fri 14 Mar 2014 // Geleen, Netherlands // Geleen Calling [Sold Out]
Sat 15 Mar 2014 // Utrecht, Netherlands // Ekko
Mon 17 Mar 2014 // Bern, Switzerland // ONO
Tue 18 Mar 2014 // Zürich, Switzerland // Amboss Rampe
Wed 19 Mar 2014 // Dresden, Germany // Ostpol
Thu 20 Mar 2014 // Hamburg, Germany // Kulturhaus 73
>> The full touring schedule is available here.
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More ‘Spring Offensive’ on Music Pickings:
2013, Dec 04 − New Single: The River [Official Video]
2013, Jun 12 − New Single: Speak [Free Download]
2013, Mar 17 − New Single: No Assets [Official Video]
2012, Sep 23 − New Single: Not Drowning but Waving [Official Video]
2012, Jan 08 - A Stutter And A Start [Official Video & Berlin Sessions #32]