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LARKINS + JOUSKA
It’s a fact that all bands have to grow up, but while ageing is inescapable, maturing is always optional. Fortunately for Manchester-based four-piece Larkins, they’ve managed both; refining and maturing their sound, while at the same time retaining the same sense of youthful optimism that’s endeared them to so many since their inception.
It should come as little surprise, however, that the band exude such blatant chemistry. Having grown up and gone to the same high school together in Derbyshire’s Glossop (with the exception of drummer Joe Stott), Larkins have been able to forge a strong bond with both each other and also with the town in which they grew up.
Harbouring such tangible links to their roots is something that’s informed the band’s songwriting, allowing their chemistry to blossom while also being intrinsic to their appeal across the North West and further afield.
2017 saw the band flourish, with a seemingly endless run of shows that took in some of the UK’s most iconic venues and best-loved festivals, while they also made their first foray into mainland Europe. It was a year that saw Larkins grow and evolve into the sleek, well-oiled outfit that they are today.
Latest single ‘Something Beautiful’ is the first taste of that maturing process to be released, and it bristles with a cocksure swagger that epitomises their new outlook perfectly. Produced by Chris Zane (Friendly Fires, Passion Pit), it eschews the button-bright indie-pop of previous releases (such as the fittingly titled ‘Sugar Sweet’) in favour of something darker and more refined. ‘Something Beautiful’ draws on the ubiquitous touch of the band’s soul and R’n’B influences, resulting in a single that’s both frenetic and funky, proving once again why Larkins are one of the most impressive and versatile bands doing the rounds at the moment. With a whole host more to come in 2018/19, Larkins’ meteoric rise looks set to continue.
“Manchester’s next arena act” – Manchester Evening News
“Big bold anthems of the future” – Jo Good, Radio X
“Anthemic choruses and heartfelt lyricisms” – The Line of Best Fit
Watch the official music video for ‘Sugar Sweet’ below: