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Glossop quartet at home on Manchester music stage
Monday 10th October 2016 @ 10:15 by Adam Higgins
Glossop Chronicle News

A band established by four students and school mates from Glossop are destined to be the next big thing on the Manchester music scene.

Singer and rhythm guitarist Josh Noble, lead guitarist Dom Want, drummer Matt Williams and bass guitarist Henry Beach make up indie rock ‘n’ roll band Larkins.

They only formed two years ago but have already made a name for themselves – their original material has attracted sell-out crowds at popular venues in Manchester, is available on popular music streaming site Spotify and has even been played by Dermot O’Leary on BBC Radio 2.

And charismatic frontman Josh, from Shirebrook, admitted they can’t get enough of being in demand as they aim for the big time.

“It’s been crazy since we got going but it’s been good,” the 20-year-old told the Chronicle.

“Me and Dom have been playing together since we were 10 and when we got to Loreto College we decided to form a band. It was only meant to be a one gig a week thing but after the first gig a few weeks in the appetite for it grew.

“We’ve since gone from playing Ducie Bridge, a pub in Manchester which has since closed down, at the start to selling out Deaf Institute a year later and then just recently selling out Club Academy which was amazing.

“It’s been a crazy summer with so many different gigs in places like Kendal and Ramsbottom and further afield, but it’s good to be as busy as possible.”

Larkins continue to make Glossop proud – performing live at the Manchester Food and Drink Festival in Albert Square, and then alongside Young Kato for the Manchester leg of their UK tour at Sound Control earlier this month.

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On stage: Larkins at the Manchester Food and Drink Festival last weekend (Picture by Chris Mellors)

They will also be performing in front of a sell-out crowd at the Ritz on November 18, supporting four-piece Manchester band The Slow Readers Club.

Meanwhile, their newest single ‘Velvet‘ – which was released last month – has attracted rave reviews and even made the half-time playlist for Manchester United’s Premier League match against Stoke City at Old Trafford recently.

Larkins define themselves as indie rock ‘n’ roll but Josh said they cover a much broader spectrum of genres.

“We’d like to think we cover a wide variety of genres to suit everyone’s tastes, from pop and rock to indie, funk and soul,” he added.

“We have lots of different inspirations – Snarky Puppy, Led Zeppelin and Radiohead – and we’re very keen to explore different avenues with our music.”

Josh – who, like the other band members, went to Longdendale High School – admitted the competitive nature of the Manchester music scene is tough but Larkins are always looking at other bands for ideas.

“It’s very tricky because it’s a very overcrowded market, there is a rich amount of music in this area and lots of bands are doing the same thing so you have to make sure you stand out.

“The BBC has been good to us and we have appeared on Radio X several times as well as getting in with music bloggers and gig promoters. It’s competitive and there are some really good bands, like the Clean Cut Kid, so it’s difficult to prove you are the better but it’s good and is added motivation.”

The quirky and unconventional name of the band is something they pondered about for a while but ‘Larkins’ came from an unusual source.

“We chucked a few names around for a while actually, it was pretty hard to come up with a decent name,” Josh explained.

“Originally we were ‘Zest’ but then a couple of us were in the same English class at college and starting learning about a poet called Phillip Larkin, and we all quite enjoyed his poetry. So one of us said ‘How about Larkins?’ and it has stuck ever since.”

Henry, 18, from Hollingworth, is the youngest member of the band – replacing Jamie Spencer last year – with 20-year-olds Dom, from Hadfield, and Matt, from Chunal, completing the quartet who are quickly becoming a household name.

And, at the same time, they’re all studying for degrees at university!

Larkins so far have five songs they can call their own – all of which are thought-provoking lyrically with titles such as ‘Sapphire’ and ‘The Tale Of Cassandra’.

You can listen to the tracks and access the band’s digital platforms via their website www.wearelarkins.com.