What the band have to say about the video and track for ‘Hengelo’:
“When we first read about the story of Forest Boy, we knew we had to write a song about it. The idea of someone inventing a fantasy to escape the pressures of modern life would fit perfectly on the record, but we were more interested in what drove Robin van Helsum to run away to Berlin than the lies and fraud that people remember.
But for the video we wanted to look to take a different view. Rather than asking why he did what he did, we looked to those who were directly involved in his case, and how they viewed him and his actions. We wanted to go to Berlin, see the places that Robin would have seen, and strip back the mythology of the man who tricked the city authorities.
It’s not a documentary per se, so maybe think of it as liner-notes providing a little bit of context for the song. Hopefully it makes sense of a few things.”
Watch the video here
Spring Offensive release stream of their next single ‘Hengelo’, album track-list and artwork and a headline London show.
Based on the true story of Robin van Helsum (aka Forest Boy), Hengelo is about a young man who ran away to Berlin in order to escape mounting debt and a pregnant girlfriend in his Dutch hometown of Hengelo. When he arrived, he spontaneously invented a new identity, claiming to have lived in the woods with his father, who had just died. It’s about the modern, mundane problems that can affect us all, and the extreme, almost fantastical measures we might take to avoid them. It’s also about growing up and leaving your childhood behind.
Hengelo (single out Feb 24th) is taken from Spring Offensive’s forthcoming debut album ‘Young Animal Hearts’ to be released on the 10 March 2014.
Not Drowning But Waving
Cut The Root
Young Animal Hearts
Having recently sold out several of London’s finest venues including The Lexington, Shacklewell Arms, Hoxton Hall and their recent album preview show at Sebright Arms on 20 Jan 14, Spring Offensive announce their largest London headline show to date at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on Thursday 24 April.