Leeds rockers Sky Larkin unveil a lyric video for their newest single 'Newsworthy', which is taken from their third album 'Motto' released last year through Wichita Recordings. The band are due to set out on their UK Spring Tour this April.
The black and white video, produced by Dan Tombs (who has previously worked with Gold Panda and Factory Floor), is made from Prelinger Archive footage of an old-fashioned printing factory, where workers are needed to work at a rapid pace to keep up with the newspaper copying. It's an upbeat rock track with a feisty attitude courtesy of singer Katie Harkin; the guitar riffs are simple, and yet the catchy chorus will have you singing along long after the song has ended.
'Please enjoy the read-along video for 'Newsworthy'', says Katie. 'It's a memento from the age of tactile text, augmented by the wonderful Dan Tombs, and now spat back out into the digital realm.' The band; who are Katie, guitarist Nile Marr, bassist Sam Pryor and drummer Nestor Matthews; will be touring the UK in April for a mini-tour, before joining their label mates Cloud Nothings at a new Leeds festival called Gold Sounds which will see them perform at the Brudenell Social Club on May 26th 2014.
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The works is inspired by some of the most weird and wonderful albums covers in history.
A new exhibition in Leeds sees illustrator Jack Hudson team-up with 3D duo Lord Whitney to produce work inspired by some of most weird and wonderful record covers in music history. Though particularly strange, you won't find Aphex Twin's Windowlicker, Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica, or even Hot Chip's The Warning anywhere to be seen at the exhibition - at Leeds Gallery, Munro House - though you may be surprised by what you do encounter.
Hudson and Lord Whitney - the latter made up of Amy Lord and Rebecca Whitney - have created their very own back catalogue of LP cover designs for a series of fictitious artists, some of whom you may spot wandering around at the preview viewing. As such, the exhibition will be a feast for both the eyes and ears, with strange, warped artworks bolstered by original music from Leeds favourites Pulled Apart By Horses, Department M, Lone Wolf, and Sky Larkin.
Kaleide by Sky Larkin is quite a good album. It's not a great album, and it's not a bad album, it's just quite good. And, to be honest, I don't really know what else to say. It's perfectly acceptable indie pop-rock; Kate Nash fronting latter day Red Hot Chilli Peppers, perhaps. As mentioned, the album never does anything wrong as such; but I'd be hard pressed to name or even point out a standout track on the disc as it is, unfortunately, rather samey. On first listen I was reminded of The Thermals, but they have a certain rawness that Sky Larkin do not, and this serves only to neuter the Leeds based 3 piece.
There are flashes of greatness however; "Anjelica Houston"'s wavering vocals make the ears sit up and beg for more, and "Spooktacular"s opening couple of seconds sound like Metallica have taken over your stereo before what can only be described as reasonably standard female indie warbles take centre stage.
I don't want to use the word 'bland' to describe this album, but I'm struggling not to. I actually forgot I was listening to this disc earlier, so bad is it at holding the listener's attention. The songs themselves are good, they just do little to distinguish themselves from anything else - 'Kaleide' could have been written by any number of artists on the indy scene at the moment and nobody would have noticed.
Sky Larkin seem to be a band with somewhat of an identity crisis: They've got the snarl and the attitude of the Buzzcocks, but at the same time that bravado is cut short by a very poppy production and delivery that, in my mind, do them no faours. Sky Larkin are going to go places, mark my word; I just don't think they'll do it on the strength of this release. I probably won't be listening to them after writing this review, but my girlfriend has already stated a vested interest in the band - But she likes Goldfrapp, so what does she know, eh?