When Oslo’s Spielbergs brought their debut single We Are All Going To Die to the world in February this year, their impact was immediate. It was a rallying cry, an urgent and insistent examination of mortality that instantly exploded through the rafters and shot for the sky. It was a track that united rock and indie fans and writers the world over, topping the Hype Machine as most blogged about band in the world, making Lamacq’s Livener on BBC 6 Music and cementing the band as ones to keep a very close eye on going forward.
However, along with the many plaudits that the debut EP Distant Star received, one question usually followed; how do you follow-up a statement like that?
Where some see a hill to climb, others see the weight as a gift, and if there’s one thing Spielbergs are never short on it is ideas. Fast-forward to the winter, and the band are sharing 4AM, the first single from their debut album This Is Not The End (pre-order here). With its strength in immediacy, boldness in simplicity, and trademark Spielbergs when-are-the-wheels-going-to-fall-off intensity, it’s a track that broadcasts their talent for melody and emotionally wrought song writing clearer than ever.
Listening to Spielbergs is like picking up that classic record that you and your friends bonded over as teenagers. They have that rare skill of finding a way to channel their own life story – through a thick wall of guitars and feedback – into something that makes you pine for the past, but gives you the strength to stare down your future.
As far as album introductions go, 4AM is a handshake that threatens to either turn into a hug, or tear your arm off completely. For Spielbergs, it’s a line they are happy to tread again and again.
They will play the following dates to celebrate the album release:
11.02.19 – Jimmy’s – Manchester
12.02.19 – The Garage (Attic Bar) – Glasgow
13.02.19 – Think Tank? Underground – Newcastle
14.02.19 – Sunflower Lounge – Birmingham
15.02.19 – Shacklewell Arms – London