Peter

Record Shopping with Spring KingBelle & Sebastian - Fold Your Hand Child, You Walk Like A Peasant

This was the first Belle & Sebastian album I bought after a friend of mine from school had recommended them to me. At the time I was listening to mostly punk and metal. Maybe a little Beck, but never really any indie stuff. I put the CD into my dad’s hi-fi and sat and listened from top to bottom. My mum had made this weird shepherds pie for dinner that I’d eaten just before so I was feeling a little spaced out. My first thought was that it was too soft for me (the music, not the pie) but when ‘Women’s Realm’ came on it all clicked into place. It was the first song by the band that really moved me. Occasionally I put it on again and dance around the room in the same awkward way I did when I first heard it. They’re probably my favourite band.

Record Shopping with Spring KingA Tribe Called Quest - Peoples Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm

I used to work in a Tesco in Macclesfield town centre. My job was to run the bakery after the head baker left his shift. Towards the end of my shift I would have to prep for the following morning’s bake. Almost everything in the bakery would be kept in the freezer in huge boxes so I’d spend at least an hour each day in the freezer placing half-baked croissants onto these big black metal trays. It was great because I could have my headphones on whilst doing it. This Tribe album soundtracked that time in my life. Whenever I listen to it now I think of frozen baked goods. This album changed my life and got me into jazz through its use of samples.

Record Shopping with Spring KingCourtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel

We toured with Courtney when she'd just released her first album. It was a big milestone for the band but also for me as a musician. Her new record is my favourite of the year far. It captures the energy of her live show really well and as ever it's her lyrics that keep me coming back. I hope we get to play with her again someday.

Andy

Record Shopping with Spring KingThe Fugees - The Score

The Score, undoubtedly one of the greatest Hip Hop records to ever grace this planet. It has been consistently in my top five albums of all time and is showing no signs of budging. Not many albums nowadays feel like a journey, rather a collection of singles arbitrarily thrown into a playlist then sold. The Score does not suffer from that problem, it is consistent in its vibe and feeling, often quoting or using motifs from earlier in the album as it progresses giving the impression of an overarching story that drags you in. I often put this on during a long nighttime drive home and listen to it in its entirety, it never ever ceases to be amazing.

Record Shopping with Spring KingDavid Axelrod - Songs of Innocence

I discovered this album on an old 1gb hard drive (back when a 1gb hard drive was the size of a bread bin that needed external power and a gigantic fan to keep it cool) when I was 17 or so. I was hugely into Metal at the time and had never heard anything as sublime as this before. In my tiny young mind I had mostly associated string and brass quartets with classical music and swing bands, so I would of never thought it possible to bring that kind of instrumentation to music with so much groove and power. It’s been sampled a billion times by producers now, most famously from the track Holy Thursday, but I urge everyone to listen to the original.

Record Shopping with Spring KingHerbie Hancock - Head Hunters

Listening to this has made me want to quit being a musician more than once. In that, it’s seemingly impossible to ever get to the heights of this album (and the ones above for that matter). I honestly can’t remember the first time I heard this as it has become so integrated into my life that I don’t remember not being able to know what it was. I mean its Head Hunters by Herbie Hancock… who doesn’t know who Herbie Hancock is? Or who hasn’t ever listened to it?

James

Record Shopping with Spring KingCaribou (Manitoba) - Start Breaking My Heart

I think pretty much everything Caribou has produced has been incredibly inspiring for me, and the way he jumps from genre to genre is beyond comprehension, but his first album as Manitoba is just so beautiful. 'Paul's Birthday' in particular, especially with that crazy glitchy UK Garage break that comes in halfway through... This record got me through university almost single-handedly (that, and 'Beats, Rhymes & Life' by A Tribe Called Quest).

Record Shopping with Spring KingParquet Courts - Human Performance

I have a feeling I picked this up at Piccadilly Records in Manchester, and I remember taking it home and listening to 'Dust' for the first time. It's such a wild song, a total hit, and is possibly my favourite of theirs. I was obsessed with Sunbathing Animal after it came out, and this just built on everything they'd already achieved so well. An incredible album, and an amazing cover also.

Record Shopping with Spring KingFugazi - Fugazi

This was a major find for me in my parent's record collection, although when I first pulled it out I have to admit I played it on the wrong speed (I thought it sounded weirdly like Dananananaykroyd at the time..). It's an absolutely immense collection of songs, super powerful and heavy - 'Suggestion' and 'Waiting Room' are some of my favourites of all time. I hope one day I can match the raw energy of these guys, and Ian MacKaye is just God-like obviously.

Tarek

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I'm absolutely obsessed with '50s and '60s pop music, and nearly everything Elvis has done is incredible to me. His version of 'Blue Moon' on this record gets me every time.

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The Who, and Keith Moon in particular, was a huge reason I dug deeper into learning the drums. As a kid, I would watch Keith Moon as much as possible on old VHS tapes and anything I could find. He was a character larger than life, and this album really inspired me to play more and more. The Who taught me to be loud.

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Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys is one of my all-time favourite albums, it's an emotional journey every time. Brian Wilson is the main songwriting inspiration behind Spring King starting, even though we sound nothing alike! 'Girl Don't Tell Me' which isn't even on this album was a huge track for me, constantly on repeat over the summer of 2012. I wanted to write pop songs with a twist like he did, and one thing led to another and out of that song came Spring King.

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Check out more photos from the shoot below, along with the video for 'The Hum'. A massive thank you to Rough Trade East for their hospitality.

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