The main support at Our Lost Infantry’s single launch, Spring Offensive ventured into Aldershot for the first time. Personally invited by OLI, it was the return of a favour the two bands set up in March when their roles were reversed at Spring Offensive’s debut mini-album launch at the Cellar in Oxford. I think it’s fair to say the band were not sure what kind of reception to expect, especially considering they were the ‘out-of-towners’, but they needn’t have worried – the packed crowd were in party mood, no doubt set off by the presence of bunting, hanging stars and balloons on the stage and in the crowd. Opening with ‘A Let Down’, a song that starts with a distinctive riff impossible to stand still to, this soon progresses into communal chanting before a larger-than-life ending. ‘Every Coin’ had the whole crowd clapping in unison, with its atmospheric military tone suiting the setting, especially after vocalist Lucas Whitworth’s confession that all he knew about the town he was playing in was: “Reuben, Hundred Reasons and the barracks”. Four-way harmonies that are dramatic and sublime but also ever so slightly intimidating, especially on the likes of ‘The Cable Routine’ – the words “I am heavy with you” have rarely sounded so sinister - sit alongside hushed vocals that make you listen meticulously, before Lucas throws caution to the wind and his voice ends up like Frank Turner at his most powerful. But the rest of the band sound nothing like the Winchester man, they’re more in tune with their Oxford contemporaries and the rousing and complex world of the likes of Talons and These Monsters. With the crowd really getting into the band’s sound, it came as a shock when the time for their last song came round so quickly. Little did we know this final song would be such a fine set-closer, clocking in well over the ten-minute mark, it covered all areas of the Spring Offensive mindset and sounded like there were at least four brilliant songs in there in their own right, at times heavy with brooding guitars and then more collective chanting from all five members (only four had microphones), before breaking down to almost silence and then taking yet another gripping twist. A surprise round every corner, it was indicative of their set and showed Spring Offensive are a band happy to play about with every single idea that comes into their immensely creative minds.