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