Spring King / Get Inuit - The Cookie, Leicester, 25/05/16 1

Spring King / Get Inuit – The Cookie, Leicester, 25/05/16

How many of you were here last time?

Spring King had played The Cookie last year but only to a rather paltry 31 people. Obviously, the whole of the sell-out crowd tonight all shouted that they had been there.

This is a band that is clearly going places. I had first heard ‘Who Are You‘ (no, not the late 70’s hit by The Who) on Soccer AM a few months ago and swore that I would try to check out Spring King next time they dropped by. First up though, all the way from Kent, it was Get Inuit. Having seen them play an excellent set at Leicester’s Handmade Festival last month, I was pleased to catch them so soon again afterwards. Frontman Jamie Glass has the energy of a Duracell injected Will-o’-the-wisp and they have an impressive array of songs, quite often at bullet train speed, and once again, their passion-filled set did not disappoint.

Get Inuit

The Cookie itself is a great venue – a friendly, welcoming, trouble free one, so the fact that, for this performance, there were “bouncers” either side of the speakers came as a bit of a surprise. This securely closed off the angles for taking photographs, which, given that this is what I was there primarily to do, was not exactly the handiest arrangement!

With Spring King, you get a decent sized set list already in advance of next month’s album release. I’ve never found singing drummers aesthetically pleasing, but with these guys it seems to work, their powerful indie-garage style rendering such misgivings all but redundant, and thankfully, frontman Tarek Musa is not Phil Collins. Full marks all round then.

Judging by tonight’s enthusiastic audience response, it won’t be too long before they are selling out the bigger venues, and 31 will merely account for half the front row.

Photo credit: Paul Reno

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