Hear This: Larkins - Sugar Sweet
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Fresh from a run of shows across Germany, supporting Bavarian indie-rockers Pardon Ms Arden, Manchester's Larkins are back with a new tune that'll latch on to your eardrums and refuse to let go. In the same way that the dynamic fourpiece's sophomore release - 'The Tale of Cassandra' - had a certain tautly tropical tint to it, 'Sugar Sweet' possesses a sparkling summery vibe that further bolsters that inherently sleek aural aesthetic of their own unmistakably assured sound. With its consummately catchy chorus of "How was I to know? / You were in my veins / we could talk all night for hours / you were sugar sweet till the end," characteristically simplistic verse riffs, and one hell of an imposing solo to top it all off, 'Sugar Sweet' is yet another superb addition to the Glossop-natives' ever-growing catalogue of festival-ready anthems. The single's stylistically candid accompanying music video - shot once again by Matthew Boone during their Continental trip - depicts the band's members in a variety of locales. Drummer Joe Stott sits in a cafe having tea, while guitarist Dom Want gazes pensively from a balcony, bassist Henry Beach explores the sparsely-populated streets with a Polaroid camera and frontman Josh Noble performs the song acoustically in the centre of a city square. Intercut are a series of references to the title as is to be expected. Larkins kick off their lengthy run of UK shows at Oporto, Leeds on June 28th, and are also set for a big gig announcement this Monday.