My Research into The Crookes.
Inspirational images of The Crookes:
Latest Single release- Bloodshot Days
"They are kings of romance (an important part of the New Pop brewing around the UK)... There is something almost subversive about their odd mix of influences (The Smiths/’60s girl groups/’50s rock and roll)... It’s the romance of the Seine, of walking in the Peaks; or lying on your back reading and daydreaming."
"they're harnessing the grace and guts of old-time swing and woozy Barbershop harmonies - packaging it up as the latest indie-disco bread'n'butter"
"The Crookes' world is a charming one of snuffboxes, broken tea cups and lovers sharing a gasper under gas-lit lamp posts.'
"They're more like one of those urchin folk-inflected collectives such as Larrikin Love (RIP) or even Noah & the Whale, with hints of the winsome, lose-some C86 brigade, the Smiths at their twee-est (say, circa The Boy With the Thorn in His Side), the plaintive jangle of the Housemartins, even Belle and Sebastian."
"'By The Seine' sounds like Dog On Wheels as channelled by Beirut circa 'The Penalty'. And very beau it is too."
Drowned in Sound
The band's style has been described as influenced by "old-time" pop-music, with elements of 1950s and 60s songwriting.
Lamacq has highlighted the eclectic comparisons which span bands such as The Smiths, The Housemartins and The Everly Brothers. As former students of English Literature the band are also known for their "wry lyrical turns", further reinforcing their ties with Sheffield's musical legacy. Noel Gallagher said of the band, "they've got good lyrics. All bands from Sheffield have good lyrics".
12 Days of Crookesmas
It was announced on Steve Lamacq's Radio 6 show, as well as the band's website, that they would be embarking on a project called 'The 12 Days of Crookesmas' to promote the free download of their track 'Chorus of Fools.' The track was first recorded at a live Maida Vale Session in August 2009, but has since been rerecorded and was made available to download for free between the 13th of December and the 24th of December from http://www.12daysofcrookesmas.com./
The download was accompanied by an 'Advent-style' collection of tracks including 'Christmas covers, collaborations and very special guests' described by Clash Magazine as the 'superior soundtrack to your festive season.