Nashville-based American roots duo Larkin Poe have announced details of their new record Venom & Faith, their follow-up to last year’s critically-acclaimed second album Peach, itself following on from Skin/Reskinned, which firmly put sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell on the map. In addition to announcing the record, the duo have announced a headline European tour including a single UK date at London’s Islington Assembly Hall on 21st November, shortly after Venom & Faith drops on 9th November.
Descendants of celebrated US writer Edgar Allen Poe, since forming Larkin Poe in 2010, Rebecca and Megan have proven a formidable duo both in and out of the studio. In 2014, producer T-Bone Burnett enlisted them for Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, a project that also saw contributions from Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) Elvis Costello, Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), and Rhiannon Giddens.
The sisters also contributed to Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler’s roots-influenced solo record We Are All Somebody From Somewhere as well as opening for and being in the backing bands of Elvis Costello and Conor Oberst. I discovered them slaying a daytime set at Glastonbury Festival’s Field Of Avalon in 2016, the Country & Roots tent rapidly filling up shortly before their energetic set, only to slowly filter away following their departure.
Recorded in Nashville earlier this year in between headline shows, festival dates such as Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, Larkin Poe approached Venom & Faith with fierce independence. From Rebecca’s powerful vocals on Ain’t Gonna Cry to Megan’s sultry lap steel on Good And Gone, the sisters weave their talents into the fabric of their experience and a picture of the American South. Blue Ridge Mountains harkens to the sisters’ hometown, “drinking sweet tea every day” with stomping percussion and churning riffs.
Larkin Poe are a force to behold live, so do yourself a favour and pick up tickets to one of the sisters’ rare appearances on these shores!
Larkin Poe play London’s Islington Assembly Hall on 21st November. Tickets: gigst.rs/LarkP