The night of February 5th has been such a wonderful wednesday night. It was a calling from great british music, we had a rendez-vous with the promising indie rock band To Kill A King and their openers Spring Offensive. The show was taking place in the AB club, a quite intimate venue, where usually a lot of magic happens.
Well, we arrived a bit late at the venue, so we weren’t able to see all of Spring Offensive‘s set. And to be honest, as we stepped foot in the room, we immediately regretted our lack of punctuality. Indeed, Spring Offensive are the kind of band that you fell in love with right away. A few minutes after our arrival, the whole band gathered in the center of the stage, getting ready to perform with only two guitars. Someone in the audience asked them to come down amongst the crowd, so that everyone would hear better. The singer bursted into the song Carrier, creating a deep silence within the crowd, and as the song got more energetic and the guitars started playing, the whole room began to clap and dance. A truly magical moment. Spring Offensive got back to stage then to play the last two songs of their set, Speak and Not Drowning But Waving, leaving the venue filled with good vibes and a certain kind of lightness. From the small part of their show that we witnessed, the band seemed fully committed to music and we felt like they were born on a stage. Spring offensive is definitely a force to be reckoned with in the indie scene, that deserves a lot more recognition, and a band that we will keep an eye on in the future.
A few moments of break and it was time for tonight’s headliners to come on stage. First, the singer Ralph got in just by himself to deliver a heartfelt acoustic version of the song Family, setting the entire room to an emotional mood. Ralph was afterwards joined by the other members, except the drummer, who was missing on this tour because of a hand injury and has been replaced by Pelham Groom from Spring Offensive. The room was split between the front rows, filled mostly by young and excited fans, while there were older people in the back, who obviously came to enjoy good music and drink a beer. To Kill A King‘s set was a blend of peaceful, magical moments in a complete silent room, and other energetic, dancing parts, where the people familiar with the lyrics were singing and everyone else was clapping their hands. With songs like Howling and Cannibals With Cutlery, we had the feeling that the time stopped and everyone was hanging to every word coming out of Ralph‘s mouth. And then the band would make everyone join them and sing melodies or repeat the lyrics or even dance and have fun during songs as Choices, Wolves or Fictional State, on which they left the stage. The band will be requested on stage for an encore by the crowd chanting Choices melody. Humble, the band will head back on stage and play two last songs : We Used To Protest/ Gamble and the usual Bones. And once more, the band will be called back again by the crowd to perform a final unplugged song, that we believe was Wrecking Crew (not sure about this). Even though To Kill A King‘s set consisted in 13 songs, we still felt as if it wasn’t enough and could only ask for more, which obviously defines a great show.
We find it a bit funny how we fell in love with To Kill A King a few months ago, while they were opening for Bastille, and we fell in love once more, but this time with Spring Offensive, thanks to To Kill A King. We simply love shows with great discoveries.
And we hope to see both these bands back soon in our shores.