A quick search on Google for Manchester based Larkins, and you will see a common phrase used, ‘This band are the next big thing’, and based on the performance I witnessed at the Wardrobe it’s easy to see why.
From the very start, they delivered a supremely confident and tight set to an adoring crowd, and front man Josh Noble who is clearly a consummate and natural performer who led proceedings with all the style, energy and charisma that was quite a sight to see.
Their tight indie/dance/funk style smart lyrics, and irritatingly catchy choruses ensured a lively night was had by all, including the creation of a sort of dance mosh pit which put in an appearance throughout their set.
This is a band who have successfully fused various musical styles together to great effect and even the inclusion of 80’s style keyboard actually works.
New single ‘Not enough Love’ is a great example of this, and you can’t help but think of comparisons with the 1975 when you hear this. (No bad thing I might add!)
Front man Josh Noble is complimented by an extremely talented band in the shape of Dom Want on guitar, Henry Beach on bass and Matt Williams completes the line up on drums, who delivered a tight and high-quality set.
‘Something Beautiful’ for me sums up what this band is all about, with incisive lyrics, a killer chorus, infectious rhythm and you know what, it’s just a great tune!!
Yet to release a recorded album, they have however released a live album of their gig at The Albert Hall in Manchester which perfectly captures what this band is all about.
As I mentioned at the start of this review, they are being touted as the next big thing, and I think it’s only a matter of time before they will be doing arena tours.
You really should try and catch them on their current tour, which is continuing throughout the UK until early December, you won’t regret it!