Spring Offensive – No Assets (single) (self-released)

spring_offensive_no_assetsU.K. indie-rock five-piece Spring Offensive were crowned BBC Introducing in Oxford’s Band of the Year 2012 and for good reason.

There’s no band in the U.K., or possibly the entire universe, working harder than these guys. In between constant live shows, they quintet have released a plethora of recordings starting with their debut self titled 3-song EP in August 2009, followed by the 7-song ‘Pull Us Apart’ EP in August 2010, a 13:22 single entitled ‘The First of Many Dreams About Monsters” offered as a free download from the band’s website also in August 2010,the  5-song “Between Me and You” EP in February 2011, a 3-track EP entitled “A Stutter and a Start”, which was released in April 2011 as an 8-page colouring book complete with crayons, the 5-track ‘Worry Fill My Heart’ CD/EP in March 2012, a 6-song acoustic EP entitled ‘Living Room Live Recordings’ sent out via e-mail in May 2012 to those who ordered gig tickets, and finally the ‘Not Drowning But Waving’’ two-song 7” single, which was released in September 2012.

But wait, that’s not all! In addition to all this, the band has also featured on a number of compilations and released a live DVD entitled ‘Four Empty Handshakes’.

Two weeks ago the band released a new video for their newest track “No Assets”. The new single is a mature and moody mid-paced number that recalls The Maccabees and fellow Oxford lads, Foals  – particularly their most recent albums, ‘Given To The Wild‘ and ‘Holy Fire‘, respectively.

“No Assets” is driven by an interplay between a tight and funky bass and drum groove while subtle rhythmic guitars simply add texture. This leads to a beautiful and melancholy-tinged chorus.  Entangled in all the indie stylings is an undeniable pop charm and the brilliant vocal hook “if we’re serious so we should start saving”.

A gorgeous layer of atmospheric, delayed-effected guitars add texture underneath the bed of the chorus to accentuate the mood. The chorus, though undeniable, is a restrained and in that regard “No Assets” shares a similar vibe to new East-London quintet Bambi whose debut single we reviewed last month (read our review).

A top notch indie-rock number and a must hear for fans of Dog Is Dead and The Maccabees, watch the video for “No Assets” below: