Regular visitors on the Merseyside gigging scene, Spring Offensive call it a day, much to fans and Getintothis’ disappointment.
It was with great regret that Getintothis today learned of Spring Offensive’s decision to call it a day. Based in Oxford, the band have been regular welcome visitors to Merseyside since their conception in 2009, performing at Liverpool Sound City two years running, regulars on Fiesta Bombarda line ups and supported by the hotly tipped All We Are at Shipping Forecast back in 2012. Announcing the news through social media today, guitarist Matt Cooper thanked fans, friends and family for their support in an open letter on the group’s Tumblr.
“there was never really a great master plan- we just wanted to keep gigging, to keep writing and to keep doing the things we were doing. I lost count of how many shows we played some time last year and as a band we went to towns, cities and countries that I never thought we would visit. In all honesty I didn’t think we would ever be playing outside of our school hall the 11 or so years ago we started rehearsing together. So in that respect, whilst we never induced international hysteria, we did alright by me.”
While Cooper did not elaborate on the reasons behind the Spring Offensive split he did have a few words of advice for fellow bands trying to overcome obstacles such as “the artists that treat others like crap, the promoters who screw over bands, the labels who can puncture a career in a morning”. He says in his open letter to fans: “Try not to give them a second thought and just keep doing what you are doing and remember that every industry has them. Think instead of all the awesome labels supporting incredible talent, the promoters and bookers working to make live music what it is, and the artists putting their sweat and blood into their work.”
Spring Offensive will perform at previously announced gigs across the UK and Europe in October and November but have confirmed that these dates will be their last “for the foreseeable future”.
The band, who released their first album Young Animal Hearts earlier this year, plan to release a number of other recordings for free on their bandcamp over the next week.