Having recently released third album Soapbox on label Fierce Panda Records, recorded in the Italian countryside in a secluded church (because why not?), Sheffield ‘heartbreak’ indie rock four-piece The Crookes will be playing at Southampton’s Lennons this Saturday. Support will come from fellow Northerners High Hazels. The Crookes, consisting of vocalist and bassist George Waite, guitarists Tom Dakin and Daniel Hopewell, and drummer Russell Bates, are currently touring the UK. From May they are in Europe covering France, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Italy and Switzerland and ending up in hometown Sheffield on 31st May. March saw them enjoy a string of dates mostly based at SXSX in America. Not bad!
Previous two albums, Chasing After Ghosts (2011) and Hold Fast (2012), received many positive comments, such as from BBC 6 music’s Steve Lamaq who said they were his “favourite British band of the year” in 2011 and in the same year were named as the station’s favourite band. Noel Gallagher has been quoted to have said “they’ve got good lyrics. All Sheffield bands have good lyrics”.