Band look­ing to be the King of punk-pop

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

ABAND hailed as the next big thing have spo­ken of their hopes for the year.

Spring King, which fea­tures Mac­cles­field’s Peter Dar­ling­ton, are tipped for suc­cess in 2016.

The pop-punk four piece had a whirl­wind year last year thanks in part to DJ Zane Lowe us­ing their sin­gle ‘City’ to launch Ap­ple’s ra­dio sta- tion Beats 1.

Peter, 27, of Lon­don Road, said it gave them a global au­di­ence.

He said: “I was work­ing as a baker in Flour Wa­ter Salt on Ch­ester­gate and started get­ting calls on my mo­bile from friends say­ing Zane had played ‘City’.

“It just went men­tal af­ter that and we were get­ting calls from all over the world. It re­ally gave us global ex­po­sure and al­lowed us to share our mu­sic.”

Peter’s band­mates are fel­low for­mer Fal­li­b­roome Academy stu­dent Tarek Musa and friends Andy Mor­ton and James Green.

Peter and Tarek have been writ­ing and record­ing to­gether since they were 13.

Af­ter study­ing at univer­sity the duo de­cided to try and make a suc­cess of the band and Spring King was born.

In March, BBC In­tro­duc­ing took the band to the South By South West mu­sic con­fer­ence. This was fol­lowed by a sup­port slot with Grammy-nomi- nated Court­ney Bar­nett, an ex­pe­ri­ence which re­ally helped the band de­velop a live pres­ence.

Peter said: “Play­ing in front of 900 peo­ple ev­ery night was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. It was a big step up for us.

“A lot is said about the dis­con­nec­tion be­tween a band and a large au­di­ence, but there is joy to be had tak­ing on that size of crowd. You’ve got to em­brace it.”

The boys played most of the sum­mer mu­sic festi- vals, win­ning some new fans, and re­leased an EP on the Hand­some Dad la­bel. Then af­ter spend­ing the au­tumn tour­ing they got into the stu­dio to start record­ing a first al­bum, with Tarek as pro­ducer.

Peter, whose grand­dad Ron is a re­tired mu­sic teacher from King’s School, said: “Cap­tur­ing the raw en­ergy of the mo­ment rather than the per­fect take is some­thing that has stuck with us from when we first started play­ing and record­ing mu­sic. We owe that ap­proach to our mu­sic teacher Mark Payne at Fal­li­b­roome.

“We did some­thing like 100 shows last year and I sus­pect next year will be dou­ble that. It’s hard work but it’s amaz­ing.”

To lis­ten to the mu­sic and read more, visit the band’s web­site springk­ing­band.com.

●● Spring King are (from left) Tarek Musa, Andy Mor­ton, Peter Dar­ling­ton and James Green

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