“I’d been playing bass in Spring King,” explains Tarek Musa, “but switched to drums when someone left. I finish every gig out of breath. I’m still a chubby boy at heart.”
There were a few occasions, such as their recent gig at London’s Heaven, when the exertion was too much and he threw up all over the stage.
“Thankfully no-one saw and I was able to carry on. It happened when we supported Fidlar, too. They were watching side-stage, and as we came
off, I was sick on their shoes. Drumming and singing at the same time is a work in progress.”
Hopefully he’ll have it in check soon with the amount of touring they’re going to be doing. Their stock has risen dramatically in the last eight months. But then being the first band played on Apple’s new radio station will do that.
Zane Lowe kicked off Beats 1 earlier this year with the band’s track ‘City’ and understandably, it had an immediate effect.
“We’re not a big band online, but straight away we had people from all over the world listening, sending us messages,” says Musa. “And loads of labels got
in touch. Labels we’d no doubt sent our recordings to previously and never heard back from…”
By day, Musa’s an in-demand producer, having recorded the likes of The Big Moon, Stealing Sheep, Bad Breeding and Gengahr recently, while the rest of the band – Peter Darlington, Andy Morton and James Green – have quit their jobs to take two months to tour.
Thankfully they also found another three weeks to record next year’s debut album. What started as a solo exercise in songwriting practice for Musa
a couple of years ago – he set a target of writing and recording one song a day for 100 days – has grown beyond expectation.
“People are tired of us messing around,” he says. “It’s time to get our arses in gear and put an album out”.
SPRING KING: THE DETAILS
The band’s debut album is due early next year. ‘Who Are You?’ is out now
Feb 9 Broadcast, Glasgow
Feb 10 Think Tank, Newcastle
Feb 11 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
Feb 12 Moon Club, Cardiff
Feb 16 100 Club, London
Feb 17 Hope & Ruin, Brighton
Feb 18 Bodega, Nottingham
Feb 19 Deaf Institute, Manchester
Feb 20 Nation Of Shopkeepers, Leeds
Their debut album was recorded in the Cheshire house the band share.