Venue: The Twist, Colchester Support Bands: The Kuru Smile, Fervours Date: 30/07/10 The Spring Offensive, one of the many rising intelligent guitar bands at the moment, play some of the finest tightly knit compositions out there. Hailing from Oxford, they are due to be releasing their new EP First Of Many Dreams About Monsters as a free one track download later his year. I’ve heard it on record and live. It’s good. It’s really good. As for the gig itself, I’ll let them explain in their own words: "We're Spring Offensive, and as you can tell, we're the lightest band on the bill". The gig itself, set in one of Colchester’s smaller venues, played host to The Spring Offensive as part of a massively mismatched line up. The two openers, The Kuru Smile and Fervours were both, shall we say, heavier. As were Midgar I’m told, but after trying to understand the two openers and failing, and after having already listened to Midgar before, I decided not to hang about. The Kuru Smile were first on, playing a set of songs that I’d have listened to 4 years ago maybe. Their sound consisted of palm muted chords alongside some simple but effective bass and a lead guitar, a regular sounding heavy rock/borderline metal I guess band. I really do not know anything about the area that they play in unfortunately (or fortunately I should say), but they gave it everything and I admired them for that. They played well and put a lot of effort into their performance despite playing to a crowd that started off as under 10 people (I counted), 5 of which were the next band, Fervours. Fervours were interesting, I think it’s easy to say. A 5 piece band, they played rock I guess, but with a heavy, shouty feel to it, from a band that looked like they were trying to be a ‘university band’ with their decidedly nerdy look (massive glasses etc.). At times, when they broke down the music, they sounded set in with the heavier side of the math rock spectrum (see: Edmund Fitzgerald), but most of the time made music that was just loud. The most entertaining aspect this reviewer found was the dancing of frontman Samuel Fisher, who had passed the Ed Mcfarlane dancing school with a distinction. It was then time for The Spring Offensive. Now, let me get this straight, there is only one Spring Offensive song I don’t like and that’s 'Every Coin', because the lyrics came across so difficult to take seriously (not a big fan of extended metaphors). So when they opened with it, I was not sure what the set was going to be like – I’ve not heard every one of their tracks, is the rest going to be like this? Luckily it wasn’t – the remainder of the set was played expertly with immense passion, despite their short (30 minute) set. The highlight was definitely 'The First...', which was played brilliantly, and despite being 13 minutes long, held the attention and breath for every one of those minutes. And the new song which they had claimed to have written only very recently (I confirmed – it’s unnamed as yet) was excellent – if these two latest offerings are any incitement of what this band can do, we could see them go far. They are undeniably with talent and passion, and now they have found a winning way to transfer this into unforgettable songs. If you can find this band live, go and see them. I personally guarantee you it will be worth it, and you get a free pre-release of their new song. Brilliant.