The Crookes headline The Box

The Crookes
play at The Box on Saturday April 23 as the band embarks on a major UK tour to coincide with the release of their highly praised debut album Chasing After Ghosts.

It’s an album that sees Sheffield‘s finest deliver on their early promise in 11 brilliantly lyrical tracks that form a bedroom symphony for a new generation of sensitive souls.

It’s a heartbreaking indie pop album that resonates with the sound of love, loss and loneliness.

In their short career so far, The Crookes have released a seven-track Fierce Panda EP, played the Reading and Leeds festivals and collaborated with local hero Richard Hawley for Steve Lamacq and Jo Whiley‘s Evening Session special.

The Crookes are four young hopefuls who found each other, bleary eyed and dancing alone, at Sheffield’s legendary Fuzz Club.

United initially by a mutual love of The Violent Femmes song Blister in the Sun, they formed the band there and then.

They hoped their songs – not yet written – would one day inspire the giddy abandon they felt when listening to The Cure, Monochrome Set, The Shirelles, Elvis Presley and Aztec Camera that Thursday night in the Sheffield Student’s Union.

The next year or so saw George, Alex, Daniel and Russell become thick as thieves – note: The Crookes are not pickpockets or pilferers, they were named after the suburb of Sheffield in which they all lived as students – as they spent hours upon hours each week holed up in Alex’s attic bedroom trying to figure out how to be a band.

Later that year, their efforts would be rewarded when Steve Lamacq first introduced himself to them at the now defunct Stockroom venue.

Whilst their musical roots lie in Spector’s Wall of Sound, their tales are drawn from the stone walls of Yorkshire.

The Crookes’ mutual love of DH Lawrence, Evelyn Waugh and Alan Sillitoe inform their kitchen-sink tales of broken hearts and bloodied knees, which are set against a backdrop of 50s rock ‘n’ roll and 80s indie classicism.

Main support comes from Nantwich band The Lockdown, along with Violet Omen and Dimension.

Doors open at 8pm. Tickets are £5.


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