"We have a very colorful family history," explains Larkin Poe lead singer/guitarist Rebecca Lovell, 23, who also plays mandolin and violin. "There were a lot of creative, hotheaded, and intelligent branches that went against the grain in our family tree. Our paternal grandfather suffered from schizophrenia, while our great, great, great, great grandfather, Larkin Poe, was a Civil War wagon driver turned historian and a distant cousin to Edgar Allen Poe. Growing up with their crazy stories definitely shaded our perception of normal."
"As artists, I think some of those innate eccentricities, passed down from generation to generation, have been even further exaggerated in us!" Megan Lovell, 25, who contributes lapsteel and dobro to the line-up, adds. "As sisters, we just wanted to pick a band name that had familial significance, so we decided to give a nod to our ancestors and take on the name Larkin Poe."
The Atlanta-based sisters celebrate that unique genealogy and their own eccentricities with their debut full-length album, Kin, on Restoration Hardware's label RH Music, produced by Chris Seefried (Fitz and the Tantrums, Lana Del Rey) in Los Angeles and Damien Lewis (Rihanna, Rita Ora) in Atlanta.
"I think our fans will be surprised by this album," states Rebecca. "In our previous projects, there was always this pervading polish of "politeness." In this project, that polish isn’t present. 'Kin' is the first Larkin Poe album where we were able to bring a bit more of our stage show into the studio and capture some grittier, edgier stuff. We can rock-out on guitars like the boys...so why not go ahead and do it? We let our freak flag fly a little higher."
"Americana duo Larkin Poe merge Seventies classic pop with southern outlaw blues..." - The Telegraph
Larkin Poe Kin Track Listing:
3. Stubborn Love
5. Crown Of Fire
7. High Horse
8. Sugar High
10. Banks Of Allatoona
11. We Intertwine