Sky Larkin’s Motto is hard work breeds success

Leeds band Sky Larkin
Leeds band Sky Larkin
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Sky Larkin The Harley

Following a very well received set at the Sheffield Tramlines Festival, the Leeds band are returning to the city this week in support of their soon-to-be-released third album Motto.

Motto shares its name with the opening track, released to acclaim online earlier this summer.

Written, for the most part, while singer and guitarist Katie Harkin was on the road playing in Wild Beasts, its varied themes and moods reflect the experience of performing in 28 countries and 20 months, a journey that became the record’s foundation.

Now well established in the indie rock world, Sky Larkin was formed in 2005 by schoolfriends Katie and Nestor Matthews.

After spending their early days earning their stripes appearing alongside bands such as Los Campesinos!, The Organ, Gossip, Architecture In Helsinki and Wild Beasts, the band caught the attention of Wichita Recordings.

They subsequently released their debut album, The Golden Spike, to much acclaim in 2009.

Between then and the release of their second record Kaleide, they have toured throughout the world, headlining and sharing stages with the likes of Stereolab, Broken Social Scene, Conor Oberst and The Cribs.

Sky Larkin appear at the Glossop Road pub on Thursday (September 19). Advance tickets are £6 for non-members and £5.50 for Harley Live members.

For tickets, go to or call 0114 275 2288.