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Hear This: Larkins - Wasted Years

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Rapidly-rising Manchester four-piece Larkins' first release since last September's 'Velvet' - and the induction of new drummer Joe Stott - comes in the form of 'Wasted Years'.

A track as tentatively stripped back, yet effortlessly powerful, as its predecessor, it's safe to say that this is their most artistically mature output so far.

After kicking off with a sparkling intro, as lead singer Josh Noble proclaims "in our youth you told me slowly, perception is a state of mind", the song proceeds to shift gear into a full-flow of unrelenting vibrancy, before settling and allowing Henry Beach's deft bass line to lead the way through the verse.

Having previously commented on their habit for layering up effects, it's unsurprising that lead guitarist Dom has, once again, chosen to utilise them with aplomb. Often these sorts of additions can detract from a track's raw identity, however, as far as Larkins are concerned, they simply don't appear able to put a single foot wrong.    

The single's accompanying music video - adeptly captured by Matt Boone - is comprised of two separate eventualities. Its simple narrative depicts Josh swanning around the city streets in a vintage motor, picking up the other members of the band, at various intervals as he goes. Intertwined is a circling scene of the band performing the song in Manchester's MOJO bar.

Laced with an infectious effervescence, its luminous lyrics, and consummately fluid instrumentation, make 'Wasted Years' yet another indicator that this is a band that is surely destined for the success.

Larkins are set to play a sold-out gig at Gorilla in Manchester on 25th February, with support from Corella and The Nix

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