ULTIMATE PLAYLIST: Springfield Elementary
Merging their favourite sounds from the last 50 years of Punk and Psychedelia, Springfield Elementary have only been going for a year but are already making waves in the North – creating their own fuzz-soaked cocktail that truly speaks for itself. The 4-piece will be joining the bill for our final Free Vibes event at Band on The Wall, alongside Elephant Trees, Chupa Cabra and MCR Live favourites The Vanity project.
But, as a new band it’s likely you’re asking yourself “what can you expect” and “why should I come”? If the Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Sonics had a baby, Springfield Elementary would be the fruit of that labour – if that doesn’t whet the taste buds then we’re truly baffled. Championed by publications including Louder Than War, No Fun Magazine and ourselves the Manchester-based quartet have ‘a real penchant for the pulse of punk’ and we know they’re going to add something different to the bill.
Entry for Free Vibes are totally free, but make sure you don’t delay! Our last event sold out the 600 capacity venue and as our closing party, we’re sure it’ll happen again.
Find out a little more as to what you can expect from Springfield Elementary on the night by listening to their ultimate playlist, below.
Dead Kennedys – Too Drunk to Fuck
One of our biggest influences, a lot of their songs are quite hectic yet articulate and it’s something we think we achieve.
Happy Mondays – Olive Oil
The Squirrel and G-Man album is a constant feature on road trips to out of town gigs. Shaun Ryder is my dad.
Bleached – Think of You
There is a tiny section of one of our songs that we subconsciously ripped off from one of Bleached’s songs… we aren’t gonna say which one, but this is a nice nugget of a tune!
Goat – Goatman
Again, one of our favourite bands. We bonded over Goat before we were a band, we are really drawn to raw psychedelic music like this. They’re top live too!
The Rats – The Rats Revenge
We always swap records with each other and this tune is on the Back from The Grave compilation, which is full of old, garage punk tunes from the late ’60s. This specific song stood out to us and soon we started greeting each other by saying ‘the rats!’ (like how they shout it on this song… ) fuck knows why.
Bloc Party – Helicopter
A tune from our childhood… the energy of this tune is so infectious – especially the drumming. Pretty sure it was on Fifa too.
The Doors – Soul Kitchen
Another raw piece of psychedelia!
Wire – Ex-Lion Tamer
We love this band… they remind me of a more fuzzy Gang of Four.
The Growlers – Red Tide
Another band we all bonded over before we made the band! All their albums are great but everything on Are You In Or Out is so sick!
Goat Girl – Crow Cries
We realised that most the songs on this playlist are pretty old so here’s a token new tune from one of our favourite albums from last year.