Exposure: Sky Larkin
Sky Larkin: Antibodies
Bursting into life with bristling energy - like a sunnier Broken Social Scene with a British twist, and much less legs, or a slightly-less maniacal Dinosaur Jr - Leeds-based trio Sky Larkin are fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in terms of their ability to churn out blistering and bright, catchy rock gems, sans cheesiness. Currently taking their youthful exuberance overseas with fellow British upstarts, Los Campesinos!, the band are set to continue their love affair with the open road, this time on home turf, with a slew of dates scheduled across the country, including several stops with The Rakes as well as a hefty collection of headline shows which will see Team Larkin once again showcasing their wares to a hungry Glasgow audience at this year's Hinterland Festival.
Although having been together for a few years now since forming in 2005, the band just released their debut album, The Golden Spike in February on Wichita Records. Hailing from Leeds, the trio have previously flirted with Hometown Heroes, Dance To The Radio - the Leeds-based independent record label set up by members of Forward Russia - for a handful of early releases and compilation appearances, adding their name to an ever-increasing list of bands to come leaping into action with their helping hands, alongside the likes of The Pigeon Detectives, Vessels and most recently, Grammatics.
Recorded in Seattle with the help of John Goodmanson - the gentleman responsible for a wealth of respectable material over the years including notable work with Death Cab For Cutie, Low and Sleater-Kinney - The Golden Spike is an impressive effort that can barely contain it's own energy. Conjuring elements of grunge-era punkiness, paired well with near-diabetic doses of sugary, infectious melodies, the album - with a U.S. release date in their midst - will surely give Sky Larkin good stead to enjoy the constant activity and praise currently bestowed upon other such contemporary British firebrands as Dananananaykroyd and Johnny Foreigner.
Intrigued? Then check out the band at Glasgow's upcoming Hinterland festival in May or if you can't wait...
Sky Larkin play Oran Mor, Glasgow with The Rakes, 25 April