Spring Offensive named BBC Introducing in Oxford's Band of the Year 2012

Spring Offensive
Image caption Spring Offensive strike the balance of "being clever and being accessible"

Spring Offensive are BBC Introducing in Oxford's Band of the Year 2012.

The Oxford five-piece were first played on the programme in 2009 and have since been tipped by Radio 1's Huw Stephens, 6Music's Tom Robinson, Time Out and NME.

Singer Lucas Whitworth said: "It's a real honour. We were all blown away when we were asked because there are a lot of really great bands here."

"I'm over the moon," guitarist Matt Cooper added.

The band's best year yet has included a tour of six countries, a triumphant set at T in the Park on the BBC Introducing stage and a slot on Radio 1's playlist.

"I screamed like a child, it was such a thrill," Matt said, on the moment he realised Spring Offensive had Radio 1's backing.

Spring Offensive's thoughtful and brooding indie-rock has seen them compared to the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club, Wild Beasts, Foals and The Smiths.

'Hymnal pop'

BBC Introducing producer Liz Green said the band's "intelligent" music was "wrought with emotion and intrigue".

She added: "Their songs translate the complexities of everyday life better than any other band in Oxfordshire.

"I've seen countless rooms silenced in awe by their hymnal pop melodies."

Nightshift music magazine editor Ronan Munro said: "They have that balance of being clever and being accessible."

The band recently moved to London to concentrate solely on their musical career.

"It's just we made a decision that we couldn't afford to do it without leaving, unfortunately," Lucas explained.

"Oxford is still genuinely the place where this band started [and] grew up. This is where all our favourite bands are, this is where our friends are."

The band played a secret homecoming gig on Sunday at the East Oxford Conservative Club.

Their latest single Not Drowning but Waving is available on iTunes and on a limited 7" vinyl run.

The BBC Introducing in Oxford Band of the Year special is available to download via podcast.

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