Larrikin Love: The Freedom Spark
Genre-leaping Thamesbeaters are hard to pin down but easy to love
Back in the day people had them marked as mere Libertines copyists, citing their ability to reduce indie disco dancefloors to rubble as evidence. But for Larrikin, music’s about exploration, not dumbing down. So for every cribbed Clash chord (‘Forever Untitled’) there’s ‘Happy As Annie’’s cracking banjo riff, ‘Six Queens’’ frenzied psychedelia or ‘Meet Me By The Getaway Car’’s carnival-crazed reggae. The latter track’s lyrics (“Send my love to the city, for I’ll be having an affair this summer”) distances them from their peers, looking for romance, not in the gutters but, among the countryside’s “crispy leaves”.
Such a contrary nature leaves us bowled over and unable to pin Larrikin Love down. We’re left with no choice but to feed the record into our machine and… (huge explosion followed by automated voice reply)… We’re Sorry, NME’s Band Pigeonholing Service Is Out Of Order.
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