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Larkins, Hit and Run EP

A band that you've probably heard me go on a lot about. Larkins is on the top of my radar this year following their new EP, Hit and Run.

Released today (February 14th 2020), Hit and Run is the band's biggest release yet. Featuring their remastered 2015 track Hit and Run, and recent singles Flood, Make Me Better and Pieces. Dropping on Good Soldier Records, this EP is revolutionary - a whole new, fresh sound, like nothing you've ever heard before.

I interviewed Larkins about their EP and upcoming tour. You can read the full interview here.

Made up of Josh Noble (lead vocals, guitar), Dom Want (guitar), Henry Beach (bass) and Joe Stott (drums), Larkins are one of Manchester's musical gems. Josh and Dom began performing together at school, drawn together by similar music tastes. It was in college that Larkins fully formed when Henry and Joe joined the band.

Surpassing 5 million streams so far, the band have been selling out shows and Manchester's Albert Hall, performed at Reading and Leeds, and had recognition from BBC Radio 1 and Dork magazine. Larkins is only at the beginning of their journey as a band, they'll be hitting the road this year, building their fanbase and gaining more of the recognition that they deserve.

Their new EP, Hit and Run, was released today. Hinting at the tracklist, the first song, Hit and Run, has only been released at the last minute. A reworked version of their 2015 single, Larkin's have improved and refined their sound-making Hit and Run *the* song to be listening to.

Packed with plenty of energy, Larkins tell me more about reworking an older song of theirs: "I remember hearing someone say that you have to approach older songs as the band you are now, not as the band you were when you wrote them, so to include a reworked version of Hit And Run feels so good, especially having worked on it with the likes of Andrew Dawson. This EP will be the first of many and we're excited to lay down our first big release."

The EP includes some of the band's more recent releases; Flood, Make Me Better and Pieces making it one of the best EP's that I've heard in a long time. I can't get enough of Larkins and their sound.

Flood, to me, stands out from the rest of their music. Laden with lots of synth, it has a fresh and upbeat sound to it. This track is about uncertainty, this regards both relationships and political uncertainty.

Moving onto Make Me Better, this track is more emotional. It's a "brutally honest" song that's about "losing grandparents and feeling as if there is so much more to say to them". This is definitely more of a minimalist sound in comparison to the other songs on the Hit and Run EP - more stripped back. Ther's a lot of emphasis on the vocal work and it reminds me a lot of Bastille and The 1975, both bands of which I love.

Pieces brings out more of the band's alternative-pop sound, with plenty of futurism infused with the synths which make up the Larkins sound. This is the perfect blend of energy and peacefulness, being able to switch between the two using an acoustic guitar and airy vocals.

Listen to Larkins' Hit and Run EP here.

Until next time...

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