New album from Sheffield’s finest.
The Crookes consist of George Waite (vocals / bass), Daniel Hopewell (guitar), Tom Dakin (guitar) and Russell Bates (drums). They live in Sheffield and infamously found (most of) each other, bleary of eye and dancing alone, on the indie dancefloor at the city’s Fuzz Club. Five years, 40-odd songs and hundreds of live shows down the line The Crookes are now hardly lacking in fans, followers or worthwhile friends but their new ‘Soapbox’ album still sees them revel in the role of loners.
“The most obvious theme that runs through the entire album is the idea of The Outsider”, frets guitarist and lyricist Daniel. “As a band that seems to suit us…never invited inside, but never wanting to be. I can empathise more with the madman standing on his soapbox, slowly gaining an audience by speaking with passion and honesty.”
Yet if this all suggests moping foppishness the meaty, chest-beating sound of ‘Soapbox’ shows there is fire in the eyes lurking behind those floppy fringes. Aside from the sweetly serene ‘Howl’ and a wistful ‘Holy Innocents’, ‘Soapbox’ is packed full of stroppy riffs and emboldened stompings, for these are rebels who barely pause for breath…
Check out the video for ‘Play Dumb’ below:
The day after the release of ‘Soapbox’ The Crookes head out once again to visit your local town. Tour dates as follows:
15/4/14 – Nottingham, Bodega
16/4/14 – Leeds, The cockpit
17/4/14 – Newcastle, Cluny 2
18/4/14 – Glasgow, King Tut’s
19/4/14 – Hull, The Adelphi
22/4/14 – Manchester, Sound Control
23/4/14 – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
24/4/14 – Stoke, Sugarmill
25/4/14 – Bath, Moles
26/4/14 – Southampton, Lennons
27/4/14 – Bristol, Thekla
28/4/14 – Brighton, The Hope
29/4/14 – London, Dingwalls
‘Soapbox’ is released on the 14th April 2014 on Fierce Panda.