Sky Larkinâs 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 âKaleideâ (and if you havenât 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 Morrisseyâs solo offerings. Personally, I preferred their piano-led songs as they were insistently entrancing but thatâs 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, âSteadycamâ, as: âWe never get requests, we donât usually get gigsâ. Thereâs 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 âThe Golden Spikeâ. 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', âAnjelica Houstonâ and âSpooktacularâ 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 Harkinâs 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: âyou hit me with a microphone, but it felt like a kissâ, 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 âKellyâ 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 âBeelineâ, 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.
What have you done in the past four weeks? When you think back, thatâs actually quite a long time. Late summer has now turned into a very miserable and wet autumn, the festival season seems a lifetime ago and weâre now looking at booking our Christmas and New Yearâs Eve gigs and parties. In that time, Hold Your Horse Is have travelled 4800 miles to play shows in 27 different towns across the UK to support the launch of their colossal âRammin It Homeâ EP, released on BSM. Living on Â...
There must be something in the water in Manchester at the moment. How else could one possibly explain the amount of great music coming out of there right now? Everything Everything have delivered the goods with their second album, one which will surely be up for discussion come next December; Egyptian Hip Hop delivered one of 2012's most compelling debuts; and acts such as Embers and Delphic look like they'll be having an excellent 2013.
When one thinks of rock and roll, it doesn't usually conjure up images of drapes, chandeliers and thick shag pile carpet. But so it happens, these were the surroundings for tonight's 'New To Q sessions' at the Bush Hall. Headlined by the famed Egyptian Hip Hop, Dutch Uncles took one of the support slots to play to a room of industry eager's and fans.
Opening, first support Alex Winston flirted the crowd with a taste of what was to come. Although different in her style and approach to the r...
Release date: 30/08/2010
Amongst the most surprising bands of recent years to find themselves a home on the commercial radio daytime playlists, Everything Everything were one of the 15 acts identified over Christmas by the BBC set to be the âSound Of 2010â. Now after a succession of singles that garnered praise from all directions, they release their debut album âMan Aliveâ, a record with a genre that is identified as âunclassifiableâ...