Sky Larkin’s Five Mottos To Live By

Must-follow rules from the Leeds outfit…

Leeds indie lovelies Sky Larkin are back with a new album right now, you know. It’s called ‘Motto’, is their third long-player overall, and comes via the ever-reliable, ever-willing-to-pop-the-kettle-on chaps at Wichita Recordings.

Recorded stateside with John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Los Campesinos!), ‘Motto’ is explained thusly by singer/guitarist (and Wild Beasts on-tour member) Katie Harkin:

“I’ve always wanted our records to be immediate at their most accessible, and at their most expansive, inhabitable… I really wanted to make something beautiful that wasn’t also permissive.”

The album’s lead single, ‘Loom’, has a video that can be seen below; after which, Katie guides us through five mottos that Sky Larkin try to live by. (And they’re doing well so far.)

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Sky Larkin, ‘Loom’

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“Tour, not bore…”
“When we toured American with labelmates Peggy Sue in an RV this was the motto our tour manager Ben exclaimed when things got tough. Which they did in particular when we ran out of gas in the desert in Utah. At night. We've kept this one in our lexicon ever since, because no matter how dark it gets, tour is better than bore.”

“Don’t be a dick…”

“Make it a treat…”
“This is stolen from Sarah Silverman’s (essential) autobiography, The Bedwetter. She’s got great understanding of human nature, willpower, desire and denial.”

“I only want to see you driving in that carpool lane…”
“This has to be sung to the tune of Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’. Another essential rule for touring.

“Shy bands get nowt…”
“Wise words from our bassist, Michael. There’s always room for seconds.”

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Sky Larkin, ‘Motto’

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Find Sky Larkin online here

The band tours as follows…

23rd – Brudenell, Leeds
24th – Joiners, Southampton
25th – Bodega, Nottingham
26th – Ten Feet Tall, Cardiff
28th – West End Centre, Andershot
30th – Deaf Institute, Manchester

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