This week we speak to Sky Larkin, ask The Voluntary Butler Scheme what's in his record bag, tip more bands, review records from Lily Allen, Morrissey, The View,Kris Drever, John McCuscker, Roddy Woomble, Iain Archer and more...
Leeds triumvirate, Sky Larkin, have had quite a year, with some impressive support slots (Conor Oberst) and mentors there to guide them (producer John Goodmanson and Death Cab for Cutie have mucked in).
Now signed to Witchita (home to the likes of Bloc Party, Les Savy Fav and Bessie mates Los Campesinos’) the band look like they’re in safe hands.
Those Sky Larkin birds are however a difficult breed to try and track down. GIITTV were hoping for a lil bit of chat time before christmas loomed, unfortunately it wouldn’t be until January when I was finally able to nab a conversation about the new album ‘Golden Spike’ and what the future holds for the band.
I knew I was cursed from the moment my train was delayed by an hour. After having finally scheduled a phoner interview with the band, my car then broke down preventing me from getting to the necessary tools in order to record the interview!
Eventually I managed to transcribe the interview and write up a piece only for it to be lost in the expansive cyber universe! The Gods just did not want the message of Sky Larkin to be spread.
Excuses, excuses, excuses, you say…never fear after many obstacles and torturous hours I bring you a brief but insightful interview with Sky Larkin front women Katie Harkin who was ever so gracious and lovely in spite of the misfortunes that plagued the interview, the women is a true professional. Enjoy it, I walked slowly over hot coals and ash to bring you this…sort of.
The Voluntary Butler Scheme
I first saw The Voluntary Butler Scheme (aka Rob Jones) doing a one man show in Cardiff’s Tommy’s Bar, building up percussion with a loop pedal, creating beguiling wistful indie pop sound. The Voluntary Butler Scheme now includes a full backing band, and they will be releasing their new single ‘Multiplayer’ on March 2nd to follow up on their acclaimed Trading Things In EP which was released this summer. Imagine the wry pop melodies of Badly Drawn Boy on vocals, add a sprinkling of the sensitive bookishness of Hefner, then for really good measure you’ve got The Jackson Five popping by to make a nice refreshing cuppa and you have The Voluntary Butler Scheme. Their leader in chief Rob Jones is somewhat of a pop magpie, so GIITTV thought who better to ask about his somewhat varied record collection.
“What’s in Your Record Collection: The Voluntary Butler Scheme?”
As the year turns to it's second month Bill Cummings and Rhian Daly present another six 'Ones to Watch' during the rest of 09. A few are already feted, some are lesser known, but they are all heartily reccomended by us to warm to your ears this cold, cold month.We tip The Deer Tracks, The Bridport Dagger, Orphans and Vandals, La Roux, Your Twenties, and Kieran Leonard.
Lily Allen love her or hate her?
Scottish bands: What are your favourites?
09 the year of the girl?
Kris Drever, John McCucker, Roddy Woomble- LIVE
The Bobby Mcgees, The Lovely Eggs-LIVE