Gig preview: Sky Larkin, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

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After a short hiatus, Leeds trio Sky Larkin are set to release their new album Motto on September 13.

“This album is probably one of the more personal albums we’ve written,” says softly spoken guitar player and singer, Katie Harkin.

“After touring with Wild Beasts as part of their band, it was really nice for me to pour so many really inspiring experiences into this record. I found myself sitting in the quiet moments in between trying to sleep and playing shows, pouring ideas out into the book I keep with me. I really wanted to capture that special moment in time and reflect on all the things that have happened over the last few years.”

In recent years, bands from Yorkshire have been known for their distinctive lo-fi sound, Katie explains.

“It really reflects the nature of living in the north, the landscape and cities are a perfect mix of grit and beauty, and I think that filters through on some level in the music made here.”

With the music industry in flux, Sky Larkin have been a constant over the last few years, with a large and loyal fan base.

“We work really hard and never take anything for granted,” says Katie.

“Our shows are very personal, it feels like we are all in it together. I’m really looking forward to sharing this record with our fans.

Musically, Motto is their most accessible album to date, but lyrically it hints at darker and more complex themes.

“Since the band started, I hadn’t really had time to think or reflect at all on the last few years,” says Katie. “I basically jumped in a van when I was 21 and haven’t really stopped touring since. This record is me looking back and working out why I wanted to play guitar and make records. Writing the Sky Larkin stuff, whilst also touring so intensively with Wild Beasts has been the hardest I have ever worked in my life. I wanted to the record to have a blend of strength and beauty, which I hope comes across.”

Sky Larkin also have an extensive tour later this year to showcase the new album. It promises to be a really personal and special experience for the band, their loyal supporters as well as the inevitable new fan base they will gain with this really extraordinary new album.

September 23, Brudenell Social Club, Queens Road, Leeds, 7pm. http://skylarkinskylarkin.tumblr.com/