Hailing from: London, England
By this point, we all know that the Thamesbeat scene was a journalistic creation, but it can’t be denied that there were a handful of loosely associated bands that were knocking about with similar ideas.
Some of these acts are still going strong, like Good Shoes, Mystery Jets, and Jamie T. On the other hand, Larrikin Love flamed out quickly, releasing a handful of singles and a solid album entitled The Freedom Spark.
Their early singles on Transgressive and Young and Lost Club hinted at a band with a laundry list of influences – everything from Libertines-esque indie, folk, reggae, calypso, and bluegrass. Coupled with literary influences like Rimbaud and Wilde, the band was able to create a wholly unique sound and image.
“Downing Street Kindling” was released as a single on 6 June 2006, and while not the best song on the album, it’s one of their finest lyrical moments.
The band called it quits just under a year later on 4 May. Frontman Edward Larrikin has a solo project called Pan I Am, while guitarist Micko Larkin is (seriously) now part of Courtney Love’s band.