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Here is something that's a little down and dirty and oh so irresistible. Larkin Poe are a sisterly duo who pack some of the meanest, Southern chops in the biz. Maybe that's why folks like Elvis Costello and Conor Oberst have enlisted Rebecca and Megan Lovell for collaborations and opening slots, of late. Their snarly blend of blues, rock, folk, and country is sheer bad-assery...something the duo showed off during a recent swing through our Brooklyn studio.

Bringing three songs from their new album Reskinned, the Lovell sisters stomp on the kick, set fire to a slide guitar, and generally crank things as loud as they've ever been in our space. Our ears might have been throbbing, but the performance here is wicked. In between cuts, Rebecca and Megan give us the scoop on everything you need to know about their little family band, including some fun facts on sharing a lineage with Edgar Allan Poe.

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Turn the TV on Let's watch a good show
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John See how the Gospel goes
In a getaway car There's lots of bad guys
Jesus Chris Superstar He's got the power to baptize
When God closes a door God leads you up the stairs
Leave your earthly cares On the second floor
When God cracks a couple skulls God cracks a couple more
His plate is full On the second floor
Oh... Oh...
Oh... Oh...
Oh...
The Virgin Mother And the Babylon Whore
Pick 'em off, one by one Soap opera holy war
All the sinners invoke An act of treason
Mystery is unsolved Until the second season
When God closes a door God leads you up the stairs
Leave your earthly cares On the second floor
When God cracks a couple skulls God cracks a couple more
His plate is full On the second floor, hey
People out of Mecca Can't seem to take a joke
They're shootin' up Paris They're blowin' that smoke
I'm gonna sing Satanic verses In a stubborn land
I'm gonna blasphemy and blasphemy Just because I can
Oh, my God Oh, my God
Oh, my God On the second floor
When God closes a door God leads you up the stairs
Leave your earthly cares On the second floor, oh
Oh...
Yeah, on the second floor
When God closes a door God leads you up the stairs
Leave your earthly cares On the second floor
When God closes a door God leads you up the stairs
Leave your earthly cares On the second floor
Have a little talk with God Tell him what you need
great, great grandfather on our dad's side of the family.
His name was Larkin Haskew Poe.
And when we were trying to pick a band name, we wanted to pick out a name that had some family significance to us, since we are sisters, and so we decided to take on his name.
And he is a cousin of Edgar Allan Poe, which we did not find out until our teens that we were actually related to him.
- Oh, we were tickled pink to know that we were related to Edgar Allan Poe because we were actually schooled by our mother at home.
We were homeschooled all the way through, and we grew up reading so much Edgar Allan Poe.
I mean, it's fairly distant, but I think having just a drop of that in your family lineage is kind of a cool thing to... - The trickle-down effect.
- ...carry forward. Oh, yeah. - It exists.
- Lot of mental instability in our family, we'll put it that way.
One, two, three four.
Mm... Mm...
Mm... Mm...
We used to be so cute What happened to us?
What happened to us since then?
From Tonka trucks to nukes What happened to us?
What happened to us since then?
"Your sins are myriad," So says our God
Well, God, if You're serious You botched the job
If You knew Your chisel was blunt Why did You make so many of us?
Why did You make so many?
If You knew Your chisel was blunt Why did You make so many of us?
Why did You make so many?
Mm... Mm...
Mm... Mm...
Was it You who made the shape Up in the garden?
Up in the garden, Lord?
Was it You who set the stake Up which we're climbing?
Up which we're climbing now?
"Your sins are myriad," So says our God
Well, God, if You're serious You botched the job
If You knew Your chisel was blunt Why did You make so many of us?
Why did You make so many?
If You knew Your chisel was blunt Why did You make so many of us? Why did You make so many?
Baby, better get your tools, yeah We got a lot of work to do
Baby, better get your tools, yeah We got a lot of work to do
Baby, better get your tools We got a lot of work to do
Baby, better get your tools We got a lot of work to do
Because if You knew Your chisel was blunt
Why did You make so many of us?
Why did You make so many?
If You knew Your chisel was blunt Why did You make so many of us?
Why did You make so many?
Mm... Mm...
Mm... Mm...
- For us, the focus has always been on playing.
We wanted to be great instrumentalists, first and foremost.
Even though we did grow up singing harmony together, that's always been a part of our lives, but I think our focus has always been instruments.
- Absolutely.
Playing as a duo is not what we usually do.
We play with a full band, as per more of our rock and roll shows.
But for the tour that we're currently on, we actually figured out this arrangement where I play kickdrum and we whittle it back, and it was really awkward at first.
I remember the first show that we incorporated a kickdrum... - You're so exposed.
- You're so exposed, let's just say that.
- There's no people backing you up.
- Mm-hmm.
- But that brings a certain element of danger and fun to it, as well.
- Our framework is a rock and roll band, so when you're writing songs that are really heavily dependent on a certain drumbeat, and you try to re-negotiate these songs in a duo context, it's quite a challenge, but I think it's really been good for us.
It requires us to be flexible as artists and to show up in different ways.
And I think that's what Larkin Poe has been for us.
It's been a constant learning experience.
It's like a hamster wheel, and we are just two very dedicated hamsters.
- I don't think we're ever going to get there.
- No, we're not.
One, two, a-one, two, three.
Ooh... Oh...
Ooh... Oh...
I steal my cigs From the 76
Smoking up in church Up to all my tricks
I'm a bad little angel I fell from grace
The Georgia Peach gone bad, yeah You know the taste, yeah
If you must know what I think of you So help me, Lord
I'm going to speak the truth.
And I try, yeah And I try, try, try
And I try to do right, yeah
But I... I got trouble in mind
But I... I got trouble in mind
Born under a bad sign Like Albert King
He had the matchbox blues I like to sing
I'll break your heart Baby, for the kicks
I'm a bonafide slacker And I like a quick fix
So I could behave But what's the use?
So help me, Lord I got to cut loose
And I try, yeah And I try, try, try
And I try to do right, yeah
But I... I got trouble in mind
But I... I got trouble in mind
I shiver and shake Oh, boy, did I ache
Oh, doctor, got to give me Something for this pain
And I... I got trouble in mind
Trouble in mind
Oh... Oh...
Oh...
And I try, yeah And I try...
I got to Paris All the lights went down
They built the Berlin wall To keep me out
I'll break your heart From 30,000 feet
They post a "Danger" sign Everywhere I sleep
Because I... I got trouble in mind, oh
I... I got trouble in my mind
Oh, I shiver and shake Oh, boy, did I ache
Oh, doctor, got to give me Something for this pain
I shiver and shake Oh, boy, did I ache
Oh, doctor, got to give me Something for this pain
Because I... I got trouble in mind
I... I got trouble in mind
- So we released the record last year, I guess it was.
Reskinned.
- This year.
- Was it this year? Was it this year? - In the spring.
- That was this spring.
Let me say that again.
So yes, we released Reskinned in the spring of this year, and this year has just flown by.
- Yeah.
Apparently.
- Apparently.
- Wow, girl.
Wow, girl.
Making music is...it can be a really emotional, heartbreaking thing, because you work really, really hard.
I'm continually impressed that we continue to show up, which I love.
To me that shows that we really have a lot of love for what it is that we bring to our fans, and to our shows.
But the fact that we are sisters and that we are who we are, I feel pretty happy about it.
Yeah.
We will not be told no.
We will show up.

Artist Bio

They say madness runs in the family. They say the same about creativity and passion. That's good news for Larkin Poe's sister duo Rebecca and Megan Lovell, the descendants of tortured artist, creative genius Edgar Allen Poe.

We have a very colorful family history, explains lead singer/guitarist Rebecca, 23, who also plays mandolin and violin. There were a lot of creative, hot-headed, 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 de?nitely 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, 25, who contributes lapsteel and dobro to the line-up, chimes in, As sisters, we just wanted to pick a band name that had familial signi?cance, so we decided to tip a nod to our ancestors and take on the name Larkin Poe.


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