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Larkins on their new EP, 2020 plans and dinner parties

Larkins made it in my one's to watch for 2020, it's only natural that I speak to them about their new music and future plans!

The Manchester four-piece have just released their new EP which you can read my full review of, ahead of their tour in April. Made up of Josh, Dom, Henry and Joe, Larkins is a band that I've been loving for a while now, their sound compares to the likes of The 1975 and Klaxons.

You can read my full interview with Larkins below:


What can we expect from your EP?

The Hit And Run EP is something that we've wanted to do forever. It's our first proper collection of songs and I feel like its so us. I've never felt so proud to listen to our own music, especially this EP in its entirety. Hopefully, this is a real introduction to what we might be capable of as a band, from the songwriting.... to the creative concepts that have come with each song. The artworks and lyric videos have been killer to work on and I think aesthetically we're the strongest we've ever been.

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.



Can you tell me more about Make You Better?

It's a song that I’ve had parts to for quite a while, but I think I was kind of scared to go that deep with a song at this stage of our careers. I was too caught up in what people expected of us so when I got the chance to do this one with Dan Nigro I felt as if I had to go heavy and be brutally honest with myself.

It was about losing grandparents and feeling as if there was so much more to say to them. I'd tried so hard to suppress those feelings like you do when you’re growing up and learning how to deal with things. I wanted the song to be as instrumentally bare as possible so diving in on the vocal production was amazing. I think it's the best song I’ve written so far. It's the most truthful anyway.


Pieces was written about not knowing what to do with your life when everyone else did. If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would you tell yourself?

I properly, properly hate this question because I feel like I’d end up affecting where I am now. It’d be a total Butterfly effect. I guess one of the biggest things would be to trust your gut as that’s got us this far. And just stick together as a band. Sometimes you forget that you have 3 best mates beside you and it's important that you’re a proper unit.



What inspires you to make music?

People. On the last tour, I had this realisation that this kind of community was forming around Larkins and it was insane. People were meeting at shows, coming to shows together, and just really looking after each other. It was like…. inside those venues, for 1 hour each night, the outside world was non-existent. Making music with that in mind is pretty inspiring.


If you could collaborate with one artist/band on a song, who would you collaborate with?

Bon Iver. That will always be my answer.


You’re hosting a dinner party, what would you cook for the starter, main and dessert? 

Starter: Carrot and red chill soup (EXTRA HOT)
Main: Halloumi Burgers (All the sides, lots of mayo/spring onion)
Dessert: Apple crumble and custard


What artist can you not get enough of right now?

Dan D’Lion. Production is insaneeeee.



A whole decade has just gone by, what’s been your most memorable moment of being in Larkins?

Releasing TV Dream and The Albert Hall show in Manchester. That’s 2 but I couldn’t decide which one was better.


What are you looking forward to most in 2020?

The April Tour is our big focus right now and finishing our debut album. We’re also dropping some new garments on our clothing brand ‘Animals In Costume’ which are sick. Larkins feels really good at the moment and hopefully, we're doing a lot of stuff that people can get passionate about this year x


Read next:
Larkins EP Review
Who to watch out for in 2020
Getting to know...APRE (ahead of their UK tour)

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