Social commentary in music can come in many forms. Earlier this week we were treated to the rousing, visceral dissection of the class system by Plan B and now, in their brand new single released today, Spring Offensive are giving us their take on the banality of everyday life and the feeling of being trapped by the economic situation around us.
Vocalist Lucas Whitworth explains, “It’s a reaction to that feeling of impotence when confronted with a difficult choice. So many of our friends, family and people we meet are stuck in this terrible position – we keep being told that we’re lucky to have a job, as unemployment soars, but we still need an outlet to escape the monotony, to stop our lives from stagnating and becoming grey. So we sing, or we go to gigs, or we do whatever we need to just to feel engaged…”
One thing we don’t recommend you do to keep engaged though, is get together with a mate and embark on a game of chicken with a bow and arrow, despite what the accompanying video may depict. Don’t try this at home kids. The flick, also released today and which you can see below, was created with assistance from Dave Matthams from Runaway Media and is the perfect accompaniment to the song.
Set in a fairly beige room, presumably to further represent the bland existence of many, the video uses a hamster on a wheel to illustrate the sense of futility and frustration of being stuck in a rut and never reaching a goal. As well as this, a group of extras join the band in signing the chorus as the voiceless majority, plodding on without the chance to speak up and be heard.
The band has already generated a lot of buzz for their previous track and video, “Carrier” which is the B-side to “Worry Fill My Heart”. No doubt a lot more is on the way.
“Worry Fill My Heart” is out digitally today and a physical CD release will include the aforementioned “Carrier”, an exclusive track entitled “Ridgefield” and a remix from WILDSWIM. The CD will be available to buy during their upcoming tour (dates below) before it is available to buy online, so you know what to do if you want one.
In the meantime, enjoy the song and video.
Spring Offensive Live Dates
01st – The Castle Hotel, Manchester
02nd – SOYO, Sheffield
03rd – The Head of Steam, Newcastle
04th – The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
05th – Gwdihw, Cardiff
10th – Schon Schön, Mainz
11th – MUZ, Nurnberg
12th – Häll, Heidelberg
13th – Parterre, Basel