“This is a chord. This is another. This is a third. Now form a band,” a famous punk rock poster informs and implores us. Manchester post-punk band Spring King sticks to this 3-chord, simple-is-best ethos on latest single ‘Detroit’. The song begins with a high energy, distorted guitar riff that continues through the verses and from there the energy never lets up; the only deviation from the simplicity found in Pete Darlington’s guitar solo.
Also borrowed from the punk ethos is the band’s DIY attitude towards recording. Like the rest of Spring King’s debut album ‘Tell Me If You Like To’, ‘Detroit’ is produced by frontman and drummer Tarek Musa. However these are no crackly bedroom recordings – though the band are no stranger to these: drum parts for early material were often recorded in Musa’s bathroom – instead, the song is well produced, making sparing but noticeable use of studio effects, with all tracks clear in the mix.
‘Detroit’ is noticeably more joyful than some of the other tracks featured on ‘Tell Me If You Like To’. Interestingly, this is not necessarily a good thing; Spring King are arguably at their best when there is a little bit of edge, a sense of danger in their playing. Overall, the song doesn’t quite match up to some of their other singles, such as ‘City’ and ‘Who Are You?’, and it may well suffer on the album itself for being placed between these two. However, ‘Detroit’ is still a fun (if slightly throwaway) listen; a quick thrill whose energy carries it through a lack of much musical innovation. Live, one might suspect, in a sweaty, excitable crowd, the song could become a different beast entirely.