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Sky Larkin - West End Centre, Aldershot 18/09/10

Sky Larkin - West End Centre, Aldershot 18/09/10

by , 22 September 2010

Sky Larkin’s first real tour of 2010 took them back to Aldershot for the second time in just under a year. Last October, they made their debut at the Westy and left a lasting impression with both their brilliant show and loving personalities. Both venue and band seemed happy to be back together. Promoting the release of ‘Kaleide’ (and if you haven’t bought it yet, why not?), the Leeds trio had stellar support from Dutch Uncles. A five piece from Manchester, who deal in fiddly pop songs akin to Wild Beasts or even Morrissey’s solo offerings. Personally, I preferred their piano-led songs as they were insistently entrancing but that’s not to serve the piano-free songs an injustice, at times jaunty and jangly but with enough going on to keep your interest, they seem intent on throwing all their ideas into a melting pot much like Everything Everything. They even treated a fan in the crowd to a request of their biggest song to date, ‘Steadycam’, as: “We never get requests, we don’t usually get gigs”. There’s a lot of potential in their sound, and it feels like they could do something very great and very soon. Sky Larkin came on and surprised almost everyone with a slew of songs from the first album ‘The Golden Spike’. The set was soon neatly divided between the debut album and the newer songs, which have a much fuller sound. The likes of 'Still Windmills', ‘Anjelica Houston’ and ‘Spooktacular’ are singalongs in waiting and the band justifiably have a lot of confidence in them. Professionals that they are, one rather enthusiastic punter in the front row accidentally punched Katie Harkin’s microphone stand meaning she was taken by surprise and hit by her own mike halfway through a song, but they carried on regardless. He was full of apologies, but she said to him: “you hit me with a microphone, but it felt like a kiss”, summing up the affectionate atmosphere in the room. Some good-natured banter followed and it made me laugh that Katie had a sticker with the word ‘Kelly’ above her Roland keyboard. The trio are all so different to watch - Doug Adams remains transfixed on his bass, Katie bounces around on stage whilst trying to throttle her guitar and where do I start with Nestor Matthews? One of the most entertaining drummers around at the moment, he sweats bucket loads, screams along to every song so loudly and is seemingly on a mission to destroy the stage in the most devastating way possible. Ending their set with an encore of ‘Beeline’, he went so mad the whole drumkit fell to the ground, with him not far behind. A crashing end to the set that showed just why Sky Larkin have become such a prized band.

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