|The Crookes Have Got 'faith'!
|14th April 2014
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The Band: THE CROOKES
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 near the close of the previous decade. 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 'Don't Put Your Faith In Me' - the second single from their ‘Soapbox’ album, itself released on fierce panda on April 14th (their third, which makes The Crookes the first band to release three albums on fierce panda since Death Cab For Cutie a decade ago) - still sees them revel in the role of loners.
"'Don't Put Your Faith In Me' is one of the most straightforward and to-the-point songs we've ever written," asserts Daniel. "It takes a long time as a songwriter to get to the point where you don't worry about what the listener might think of you and to be honest and expose your flaws is a difficult thing to do. I think it's a brave song and I'm happy to play the anti-hero in it."
Watch: Don't Put Your Faith In Me
Such is modern life with the increasingly muscular musicianship of The Crookes, the angry rebels who have barely paused for breath since 2009 and whose manic work rate has seen the original fey, nubile NewPoppers of yore beefed up by half a decade of touring and trying to make their way in a world gone hipster mad. You may well have been hooked by The Crookes before: on the BBC 6 Music playlist, perhaps. Or maybe supporting Richard Hawley or Little Comets, or at SXSW, or on one of their many gentlemanly excursions around Europe, or in your local local on one of their numerous tours of Blighty.
Having spent last November locked away in a church on top of a mountain in Italy with only their recording gear and their thoughts for company The Crookes' complete sense of isolation manifested itself in ‘Soapbox’, a fearsomely stroppy album which is littered with put downs and push offs. But if this implies that The World Of The Crookes is one of weeping woe then the terrifically cut-and-thrusting video for 'Don't Put Your Faith In Me' will put you straight, filled as it is with images of stuffed turkeys, swimming pool cocktails, desert scenes and Brit DJ cameos. These were all captured in true home video style on the band's recent tour of America, and they nail the true essence of a band who've dreamed of living the dream actually getting to live that dream.
"The whole of the US trip was incredible," Daniel beams. "It wasn't just the shows but the travelling in between the cities that really excited me. We fully lived out an adolescent 'On The Road' fantasy. The show in LA was especially heartening because you never imagine people out there will be to empathise with the kind of troubles you write about living in the north of England, but certain themes seem to transcend geography or weather and the people singing at those shows were just as lonely or heartbroken as the people you find wherever you go. It was wonderful to see such beautiful, tanned people in pain."
The stuffed turkeys and desert scenes might be scarcer, but the sentiments remain the same on this next Crookes' transcontinental tour here...
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