Play it loud lads.

Few vocal lines are to be heard throughout Sky:Lark’s ‘LP2’, and the ones that can are barely audible. They prefer to simply express themselves through big, meaty riffs. Tense energy and guitar lines barrelling through the dirt.

And the good thing is? They’re getting better. Their debut album, released back in 2010, saw a band clearly in love with Big Black, and the anxious, bug-eyed racket was in need of more. While bustling with fury, it came off as directionless and muddled. Four years later, and two split EPs with Meadows and Meatpacker saw them clean up their sound. This time the songs were focused and more straight-forward, preferring to pummel you with a straight barrage of Mclusky-esque noise.

LP2’ is a different beast. Much like DIY comrades Soul Structure, Sky:Lark have taken a jazz-influenced approach, preferring off-beat time signatures and a contemplative atmosphere. The result is a much more accomplished and dynamic sound. Opener ‘Inner Ear Destruction’ and closer ‘Scenic’ both employ saxophone on the less thrashy moments, but in a way reminiscent of ‘Bitches Brew’; unsettling and brooding. Elsewhere, the band show more of a taste towards the riff than before. The better production allows more room for each instrument to breathe, while still showing off impressive energy. The ‘Trilogy’ section of the album is an eight-minute beast that moves off in all kinds of directions. Despite the chaotic nature of the music, everything feels calculated and deliberate; Sky:Lark know when to bear their teeth.

About The Author

Lee Whear

Young punk full of love, hoping they've got enough tobacco left when the revolution comes. Canterbury Christchurch University graduate, previous work has appeared in thnksfrthrvrw, Hitsville U.K., Bearded Magazine, and God Is In The TV Zine.