Single Review: Spring Offensive – A Stutter and a Start

By on Monday, 11th April 2011 at 12:00 pm

Spring Offensive from Oxford are releasing a new single today, called ‘A Stutter and a Start’. From first glance, I thought, hmmm, that sounds like an automobile analogy of some sort. And interestingly, the band explains the song as follows: “It is about breakdown in every sense of the word: communication, the car and the relationship. But we try and make it sound triumphant, rather than the cowardly act that it actually is.”

Anyone who has been in a relationship that has, unfortunately, gone sour can relate to the feelings of wanting to stay in the relationship (“I can’t get out”), physical paralysis induced by heartbreak (“I’m seizing up / I’m seizing up…”), loneliness (“snow will bury me”) and desperation (“I am not in control / I’m not sure I ever was…”). Painfully real, painfully heart-wrenching…yet painfully honest. Watch the promo video for ‘A Stutter and a Start’ below – rather cheeky, given the source material…


The single also includes the B-side ‘The Well’, a softer, more pensive track with beautiful harmonies more Goldheart Assembly / Fleet Foxes than the band’s previous efforts, as well as fan favourite and bonus track ‘Abacus Rex’, remixed by Gunning for Tamar. Overall, good stuff.


‘A Stutter and a Start’ by Spring Offensive is out today on both physical and digital formats.

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4:11 pm
17th April 2011

Spring Offensive are a really good band.

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