2018 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 with the announcement of their biggest ever headline show at Manchester's Albert Hall and the announcement of the signing to Good Soldier Songs
Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.