Larkins is a band that has made their mark in the UK but are looking to make a bigger impact on the global music scene. They've got the talent and the music to do it too. Their music isn't just good, it's amazing. Their most recent EP, Hit and Run keeps with the standard of quality for content that they've been able to do thus far in their career. The four songs on this record are all solid and they show what Larkins was capable of.
The title track of the EP is the first track and it's a chaotic wave of energy that hits you right in the face. What's interesting is how much the vocal sounds like Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody. It's not a replica but within the melodies of the verses, their vocal stylings are highly comparable. The song has a very world music vibe to it and it's no wonder why the song is such a crowd pleaser when the band plays it live. After "Hit and Run," Larkins moves into "Flood" - a song that's similar in tone and feel to previous singles "TV Dream" and "Not Enough Love." There's heavy synth use that blends well with the vocal and combines to make something brilliant. The remaining two tracks on the EP are "Make You Better" and "Pieces." "Make You Better" starts out with a highly filtered vocal that bleeds into the vocal. Sonically, it's a stripped-down song with vocal effects. "Pieces" finishes off the EP and it features an acoustic guitar until that leads into some chaotic drum rhythms and instrumentation. It clocks in at 5:14 and it's the most interesting song of this four if it's not the best. There's a lot going on with the song, and while it's not going to find its way onto a lot of single-dominant playlists, fans of the band will love what they did to finish the set.
Larkins will continue to progress and move into being one of the UK's biggest imports onto the international music scene. There's too much talent and the songs are too good for them not to be. Next time out it would be cool if there were more songs included on the release. Either way, if you haven't checked out the band yet, now is as good as a time as any.