Spring Offensive – Speak (single) (self-released)


U.K. indie-rock five-piece Spring Offensive have just released a new single, “Speaks”, which they’re currently offering as a free download.

“Speak” is the upteenth release from the BBC Introducing Oxford’s Band of the Year 2012. Back in March we reviewed the single “No Assets” (read our review), which followed a plethora of recordings starting with their debut self titled 3-song EP back in August 2009.

“No Assets” was driven by an interplay between a tight but funky bass and drum groove while a gorgeous layer of atmospheric, delayed-effected guitars added texture underneath the bed of the chorus to accentuate the song’s mood. Entangled in all the indie stylings was an undeniable pop charm and brilliant vocal hook all combining to create a style reminiscent of The Maccabees and fellow Oxford lads, Foals – particularly those band’s most recent albums, ‘Given To The Wild‘ and ‘Holy Fire‘, respectively.

The new single is self produced but mixed by Emre Ramazanoglu (Warpaint, Palma Violets, Summer Camp) and features all the elements that make Spring Offensive one of the most exciting “new” indie-rock units. Why this band are not currently playing all major festivals is criminal.

Like “No Assets”, “Speak” is a moody, mid-paced number that once again showcases the band’s intricate, tasteful and funk-inflected playing with each element allowed to breath and sparkle.

The press release states that “Speak” is about being closed off and seeking isolation, about crawling into yourself to avoid confrontation. The lyrics teeter on the edge of a confession, but despite the build up, the ‘thing’ that so desperately needs to be communicated never is. There’s an undeniably strong sense of melancholy that runs throughout the track, which reaches peak during the chorus when the line “I can’t even communicate the way I feel to you” is delivered. Turn it up, hit repeat and immerse yourself in it.

“Speak” is absolutely gorgeous indie-rock number in the vein of The Maccabees astounding ‘Given To The Wild‘ album from last year.

Along with the Tripwires debut single launched earlier this week (read our review), “Speak” is one of the best indie-rock tracks we’ve heard in months.

“Speak” was released yesterday (June 5) and is currently being offered as a free download.
Listen below:
Update: June 13, 2013 – a live video for “Speak” has just been released. Watch below:
Update July 9, 2013 – take a listen to the Tyde remix of “Speak” below: