|Erudite NewPop dreamers THE CROOKES are poised to play the Kings Cross Scala in London on May 21st 2013 supported by THE HEARTBREAKS and HEY SHOLAY. The Sheffield quartet, who have already spent a ferile fair old chunk of February touring the country with Richard Hawley, play their biggest headline show thus far in the capital as part of the fierce panda label's 19th birthday celebrations. Special earlybird tickets are available HERE
Date: Tues 21st May
Bands: THE CROOKES + THE HEARTBREAKS + HEY SHOLAY
Tickets £8 HERE
There will be a single release to coincide on May 27th, featuring the tracks 'Dance In Colour' and 'Bear's Blood'. As befits the true Crookesaholic working spirit, both tunes will be brand new and indeed never-released-anywhere-else-before. Ever.
Rest assured that by the time this gig takes place the boys will have made a return trip to SXSW in Austin in March, toured the UK for the umpteenth occasion in April, this time in the company of some cheery Geordie indie tykes (more news soon) and quite probably written and recorded the bulk of their third album on any spare afternoons off. Such is like with the fast-living, fringe-loving foursome who have made a virtue of a work ethic which would cause palpitations along half of Easy Street, Dalstonland.
Over the past four years The Crookes have lived the sprightly, slightly poetic leftfield DIY dream by releasing one mini-album, two full albums and a slew of jaggedly romantic indiepop singles, as well as tour their tyres off in hot pursuit of international glory. In the autumn of 2012 alone they hit ten different countries in 21 dates across Europe in support of their current 'Hold Fast' longplayer and went straight into another string of UK dates which featured a sold old Lexington gig and culminated in a headline show at Sheffield Leadmill, their biggest hometown appearance so far. There's some kind of theme occurring here.
The Crookes are still George (bass / vocals), Daniel (guitar), Tom (guitar) and Russ (drums). Long may they reign with a love of The Supremes.
The Heartbreaks are welcomed back into the panda bosom with tonight's show rekindling memories of the excellent early days when they appeared on our 'Zip It Up' compilation EP and sneaked out 'I Didn't Think It Would Hurt To Think Of You' on sister label Giant Haystacks. One entire whirling album cycle later their key quote is this: "Having had a number one hit in Japan with their single 'Delay, Delay' from the album 'Funtimes', the band are close to completing the recording of their second album, with producer Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers, Nine Black Alps). It's fucking amazing."
The Heartbreaks Website
Hey Sholay toured with The Crookes last year on the promotional trail for their cosmically-titled (((o))) album. Next up comes a wee EP release on the panda on June 3rd and their songtitling instincts are no less mind-bogglesome, judging by the fact that one of the new tracks is called If That Big Old Fat Yellow Thing In The Sky Was To Burn Out I Would Grab You By The Hand And Float Off Into Orbit (A Song For Robert Wyatt). Skywatchers might be unsurprised to hear that it sounds like Flaming Lips mainlining Pink Floyd with Jeff Lynne toodling the vibes.