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Glossop-formed, Manchester-based indie-pop band Larkins exploded onto the scene a couple of years ago, with their anthemic tracks garnering them a huge online following and drawing them favourable comparisons to the likes of Klaxons and The 1975.
As well as cultivating an online fanbase, the band, consisting of Josh Noble (vocals and guitar), Dom Want (guitar), Henry Beach (bass), and Joe Gaskell (drums) have built a fiercely loyal live following from performing at festivals such as SXSW, Dot To Dot, Neighbourhood, and Reading and Leeds.
Earlier this year the group released their brand new EP Hit And Run, receiving praise from tastemakers such as The Line Of Best Fit and Dork.
Larkins will head out a UK headline in support of Hit And Run this December. The run of shows will see the band headline the 2000+ capacity Manchester Academy, set to become the first artist to fill the venue before the release of their debut album.
Ahead of their forthcoming shows, Larkins guitarist Dom picks out the band’s essential tour bus tracks.
Daft Punk – Robot Rock (Soulwax Remix)
“When you first step in the van, your home for 2 months, it’s good to start as you mean to go on. This is the track that sets the tone.”
Glen Cambell – Wichita Lineman
“For when everyone’s feeling a little bit emotional and fancies singing together, but someone’s got a problem with ABBA. We recently challenged ourselves to listen to this 20 times on repeat on a late-night drive from London. And I still can’t remember the lyrics to the second verse.”
Micheal Bolton – When A Man Loves A Woman
“Josh loves cracking this one on after a few whiskeys and nailing the key change. There’s something super majestic about his slow air-drumming that just reminds you what love is after 30 days on the road.”
James Blunt – Wisemen
“I know I know… That acoustic guitar solo though and the semi-by-the-sea bit. Genius.”
Skrillex – Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites
“Pure nostalgia. This gets the whole van shaking. When someone gets the dubstep flowing in the van then morale is very high.”
Thin Lizzy – Whisky In The jar
“Everyone hates this song apart from me, but it’s gained a bit of a lowkey cult following in the Larkins camp. Everyone sings that riff from time to time and it makes me smile.”
1 December 2020 – Academy, Manchester
3 December 2020 – O2 Academy 2, Liverpool
5 December 2020 – Stereo, Glasgow
7 December 2020 – Thekla, Bristol
8 December 2020 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
9 December 2020 – The Castle & Falcon, Birmingham
11 December 2020 – Heaven, London
Grab tickets to see Larkins live through Ticketmaster.co.uk.