Live at Faversham on Thursday, 29th June 2006
Larrikin Love are really doing rather well right now - their single Downing Street Kindling has just been released and not an issue of NME seems to go by without some mention of them. This goes a long way towards explaining the unusually large crowd for a Thursday evening and their keen-ness to get a good view. The band is in fact so 'hot' right now that there was a small crowd of under 18s craning their necks to get a view from the outside.
After a selection of impressive support acts (Last Gang and Fields) Larrikin Love bounded onto the stage and I was immediately struck by how young they all looked - most bands appear to practise in their basements for at least another 2 years before being 'discovered'. However, the lead singer's voice is a good deal older than his years and nicely supports their varied musical style - they could be compared to a lot of other bands as their music ranges from styles as diverse as reggae to country to ska, however it's all tarred with an indie brush and carves a sound into the market that can only be theirs.
I thoroughly enjoyed their use of 'novelty' percussion instruments throughout the show (although didn't O Fracas do it first...) and the lead singer's banter with the crowd really kept the mood high. On the whole, top marks for Larrikin Love, they managed to produce a truly enjoyable evening for all involved.