THIS IS NOT THE END
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. With its strength in immediacy, boldness in anthemia, and trademark Spielbergs when-are-the-wheels-going-to-fall-off intensity, This Is Not The End sets its stall out as an album that wrestles despondency, anxiety and hope, broadcasting their talent for melody and emotionally wrought song writing clearer than ever.
In spite of how things play out thematically, there’s a certain warmth that is hard to extinguish when three life-long friends are creating music they love together. As a result, 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. It’s the feeling of freedom gained from confronting harsh realities with the knowledge that better days are ahead.
In amongst the sludgy despondency of Five On It, the lets-skip-town triumphism of Distant Star, the bruising march of We Are All Going To Die, and the giddy 4AM, tracks such as Familiar and McDonald’s (Please Don’t Fuck Up My Order) offer some thoughtful respite, showing the band as far more than simply upstarts.
As the final chord rings out on Forevermore’s attacking climax, there’s the sense of a story coming to an end. The truth is, This Is Not The End is merely the opening chapter. As far as introductions go, This Is Not The End 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.
Spielbergs embark on a headline tour of the UK in Feb 2019
Previous press for Spielbergs:
“Big, heart-on-sleeve guitar-rock with a go-for-broke anthemic intensity… will have you either tearing up, punching the sky, or both.” – Stereogum – Band To Watch
“Pummelling yet melodic guitars batter you round the heart with nary a pause for breath… Full of huge, lung-busting, shouting-into-the-wind vocals and relentless drums, guitars and everything else, they show little concern for restraint.” – DIY
“It offers the kind of swaggering, punch-drunk escapism we used to spend all our time wishing for in our teenage years, while making it feel utterly achievable even now we’re much older and far more cynical.” – Gold Flake Paint
“A roller coaster ride of rollicking riffs, descending and ascending with a luminous fury and friskiness, before delivering us back home again safe and sound, but breathless.” – The 405 – Song Of The Day
“Your new favourite band.” – Kerrang!
“Guitars drill down at all angles, while the pummelling percussion sounds like a cement mixer trying to chew up a steel beam.” – CLASH
“‘We Are All Going To Die’ is the perfect introduction to the trio – with clattering rhythms and razor-sharp riffs combining for a devastating listen.” – NME – Emerging Artist Of The Week
“Harnessing the sun-kissed escapism of road-trip-rock acts like Japandroids and Cloud Nothings, their pessimistic streak is cast aside be searing riffs and an urgency most lo-fi groups could do well to glean from.” – AnotherMan
“One of the most exciting bands of 2018.” – The Independent