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The Crookes

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The Crookes was a British indie rock band who formed in Sheffield in 2008 They released their first single "A Collier's Wife" in 2009 as part of the Too Pure singles club, followed by single "Bloodshot Days" that was released on Heist or Hit Records in 2010 Signed to London independent record label Fierce Panda Records, they have subsequently released four albums, Chasing After Ghosts 2011, Hold Fast 2012, Soapbox 2014, and Lucky Ones 2016 along with an extended EP Dreams Of Another Day 2010


  • 1 History
  • 2 Formation of Anywhere Records
  • 3 Style
  • 4 Collaborations
  • 5 Discography
    • 51 Studio albums
    • 52 EPs
    • 53 Singles
  • 6 Band members
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


The band formed in 2008, naming themselves after the suburb of Crookes in Sheffield, where guitarists Daniel Hopewell and Alex Saunders met before later recruiting George Waite on vocals and Russell Bates on drums

NME championed the band, describing how "a band this good are unlikely to remain obscure for long"

The Crookes were named as The Guardian Band of The Day in September 2009 being described as having "hints of the win some, lose some C86 brigade, The Smiths say, circa The Boy With the Thorn in His Side, the plaintive jangle of the Housemartins, even Belle and Sebastian"

In 2009 the band recorded a live session for Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 1 with Lamacq describing the band as having "ambition and flare and a singer with a beautiful voice; one of those special, poetic voices which dips and soars above their jangling guitars"

The Crookes have also been named as BBC 6 Music's favourite new band, with Lamacq later describing them as his "favourite British band of the year" on BBC Radio 2

The band's strong Sheffield roots have seen them embraced by the city's established acts, with Jon McClure promoting the band as "Sheffield's next set of musical geniusus", and Richard Hawley describing them as 'absolutely superb' when interviewed on Shaun Keaveny's breakfast show on BBC 6 Music They recorded a session of Jarvis Cocker's 6 Music show Moreover, The Crookes were chosen to represent Sheffield for MTV Canada's guide to Breaking Bands in the UK, alongside representatives from other cities such as Glasvegas Glasgow, Wild Beasts Leeds and The Big Pink London

The Crookes have recorded multiple live radio sessions for BBC Radio 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6

The Crookes released their debut single "Bloodshot Days" through Heist Or Hit Records on 5 April 2010

The Crookes' single "A Collier's Wife" / "By The Seine" was released on 14 September through the Too Pure Singles Club as part of the Beggars Group It was the fastest selling single through Too Pure, selling out on pre-orders

Debut album Chasing After Ghosts was released on 21 March 2011 on Fierce Panda Records

In September 2011 the band posted a message on their Web site stating that Alex Saunders was to leave the band They wrote "He left for personal reasons and completely amicably" The band then went on to explain that ending the band was "Simply not an option for The Crookes" They immediately drafted in a replacement guitarist Tom Dakin, of Sheffield-based band Silent Film Project, to play on impending two month UK and European tour

In December 2011 Tom Dakin became a full member of the band and began working on songs with the group for their second album

Second studio album Hold Fast was released on 9 July 2012 on Fierce Panda Records

On 11 June 2013, the Crookes announced they had signed their first American recording contract with Austin-based indie label Modern Outsider, stating further that they would be releasing a special version of Hold Fast in America later in 2013 and be playing live dates there before the end of the year Modern Outsider revealed on 17 July 2013 that the American version of Hold Fast, including bonus tracks of previously released UK "Afterglow" b-side "Honey" and May 2013 singles "Bear's Blood" and "Dance in Colour," will be released in the US on 1 October 2013

In a July 2013 interview with Between the Earphones, Hopewell explained that the new songs the Crookes were writing sounded "far more confident than we've ever been we're trying things that we would have never even considered before and I’m really pleased with the results"

On 20 August 2013, the Crookes wrote a Tumblr post revealing that they were in the middle of writing their third album, stating "it's going very well thank you," but were still looking for a place to record it

On 7 January 2014, the band announced their third album would be called Soapbox and would be released on 14 April 2014 in the UK and Europe and 15 April 2014 in America The announcement included a link to a short teaser video on YouTube that included clips of the band recording the album in a church in Valle di Preone in the northern Italian mountains and the track listing of the 10-song album

The music video to "Play Dumb" was released on 13 January 2014 The video features lead singer George Waite being forced to sit through a makeover, dressing him up "into something he could never be", highlighting the band's reluctance to compromise for people who don't support them

On Valentine's Day, 14 February 2014, the boys released a music video to "Holy Innocents", the fifth track from Soapbox

As of 1 February 2015, it was announced that the band's drummer since the start, Russell Bates, will no longer be playing with the band

On 12th July, 2017, The Crookes announced their split with a letter to fans "We remain the best of friends and always will be We have had an incredible life together as a band and we’re very proud of everything we’ve achieved The last decade has been very good to us and we are happy to be going out on a high note"

Formation of Anywhere Records

On 14 April 2015, the band announced via Clash magazine that they would be starting their own record label, Anywhere Records "We’ve always believed in taking a DIY approach to the music industry and the creation of Anywhere Records gives us a chance to put our stamp on something completely new; something we’ll have total control of," said Tom Dakin in the Press Release

The first release on Anywhere Records will be the band's 4th studio album, 'Lucky Ones' due out 29 January 2016


The band's style has been described as a fusion of "heartbreaking melodies" inspired by 1950s and 1960s pop music and Kitchen sink realism

Lamacq has highlighted the eclectic comparisons which span bands such as The Smiths, Orange Juice and The Everly Brothers, whilst also encapsualting the Romanticism of the band on his website

"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"

Noel Gallagher said of the band, "they've got good lyrics All bands from Sheffield have good lyrics" Whilst publications have picked up on the narrative quality of the songs, describing early recordings as sounding like novels by Angry Young Men


To celebrate a one-off special return of 'The Evening Session' with Steve Lamacq and Jo Whiley, The Crookes collaborated live in session with Richard Hawley Together they performed cover versions of The Jesus and Mary Chain's "Some Candy Talking" and also a version of Longpigs' Hawley's former band "Lost Myself"

In June 2015, during the sessions for recording their album, 'Lucky Ones', The Crookes recorded a song with Misty Miller The song, 'Ex-Lovers', was released in October 2015 as the B-side to their single 'I Wanna Waste My Time On You'


The Crookes discography
Studio albums 4
EPs 1
Singles 10

Studio albums

Year Title Chart Positions
2011 Chasing After Ghosts
  • Released: 28 March 2011
  • Label: Fierce Panda NONG67
2012 Hold Fast
  • Released: 9 July 2012
  • Label: Fierce Panda NONG77
  • Released: 30 September 2013
  • Label: Modern Outsider MODOUT013/MODOUT014
2014 Soapbox
  • Released: 14 April 2014
  • Label: Fierce Panda NONG84
  • Released: 15 April 2014
  • Label: Modern Outsider MODOUT021
2016 Lucky Ones
  • Release Due: 29 January 2016
  • Label: Anywhere Records ANY002
  • Release Due: 29 January 2016
  • Label: Modern Outsider MODOUT032


Year Title Chart Positions
2010 Dreams Of Another Day
  • Released: October 2010
  • Label: Fierce Panda NONG66


Year Title Album Chart positions
2009 "A Collier's Wife" Dreams Of Another Day    
"It's Just Not Christmas Without You" Non–album release    
2010 "Bloodshot Days" Chasing After Ghosts    
2011 "Godless Girl"    
"Chorus Of Fools"    
"I Remember Moonlight"    
2012 "Afterglow" Hold Fast    
"Maybe In The Dark"    
"American Girls"    
2013 "Bear's Blood" / "Dance in Colour" Non–album release    
2014 "Play Dumb" Soapbox    
2015 "I Wanna Waste My Time On You" Lucky Ones    

Band members

  • Daniel Hopewell guitar / backing vocals
  • Tom Dakin guitar / backing vocals
  • George Waite lead vocals / bass
  • Adam Crofts drums


  1. ^ a b "The Crookes - Steel City Barbershop Blues FREE MP3" NmeCom 2009-12-09 Retrieved 2011-08-12 
  2. ^ Paul Lester 2009-09-18 "The Crookes No 631" Guardian Retrieved 2011-08-12 
  3. ^ Steve Lamacq "6 Music - Steve Lamacq" BBC Retrieved 2011-08-12 
  4. ^ a b Steve Lamacq 2011-07-29 "Taking stock" BBC Retrieved 2011-08-12 
  5. ^ 1 day left 2011-02-08 "Radio 2 Programmes - Steve Lamacq" BBC Retrieved 2011-08-12 
  6. ^ Shaun Keaveny 2011-07-29 "6 Music Programmes - Shaun Keaveny" BBC Retrieved 2011-08-12 
  7. ^ Rory Connolly "Music - Jarvis Cocker" BBC Retrieved 2011-08-12 
  8. ^ "VISIT BRITAIN: DAY 2 SHEFFIELD - MTV News Blog" Mtvca Retrieved 2011-08-12 
  9. ^ The Crookes 11 June 2013 "American signing Tweet" Twitter Retrieved 19 June 2013 
  10. ^ "THE CROOKES SIGN TO MODERN OUTSIDER US RELEASE OF 'HOLD FAST' SET FOR OCTOBER 1" Modern Outsider 17 July 2013 Retrieved 18 July 2013 
  11. ^ "An Interview with Daniel Hopewell of the Crookes" Between the Earphones 2013-07-27 Retrieved 2014-08-06 
  12. ^
  13. ^ The Crookes 7 January 2014 "Third album Facebook announcement" Facebook Retrieved 7 January 2014 
  14. ^ The Crookes 7 January 2014 "The Crookes - Soapbox teaser" YouTube Retrieved 7 January 2014 
  15. ^ "The Crookes Dish on Italy, Sheffield and the 'Dumb' Music Industry in Exclusive Interview" Diffuserfm 2014-02-15 Retrieved 2014-08-06 
  16. ^ http://wwwfacebookcom/thecrookesmusic/posts/10152828025884086
  17. ^ http://wwwclashmusiccom/news/the-crookes-to-split
  18. ^ "Squat Do I Get" Going Deaf For A Living 2009-10-19 Retrieved 2011-08-12 
  19. ^ "Tramlines Festival 2011 | Friday 22 July – Sunday 24 July" Tramlinesorg Retrieved 2011-08-12 
  20. ^ On Air Now: 13:00 - 16:00 2010-03-15 "Evening Session Returns" Bbccouk Retrieved 2011-08-12 

External links

  • Official website
  • The Crookes on the BBC

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