TGTF Exclusive Live Gig Video: The Crookes perform new single ‘Dance in Colour’ at London Scala – 21st May 2013

By on Thursday, 30th May 2013 at 4:00 pm
 

Header photo by Lennon Gregory

Every year I’ve been a music writer, I’ve always had that one band rise above the rest and completely capture my imagination to become ‘the band’ for me that year. I know, it’s only May, but for 2013, there will be no contest. I’ve followed the career of the Crookes from Sheffield ever since Steve Lamacq decided to give a CDR of their single ‘Backstreet Lovers’ a first play on his In New Music We Trust Radio 1 programme back in 2009.

Last year at the Great Escape 2012, I got the opportunity to finally see them gig (a huge deal to an American girl who’d otherwise only known of them the previous 3 years through recordings), and then meet and interview them, which was an amazing experience as a music editor but was truly one of the most nerve-wracking things I’ve ever done as a writer. It’s so hard not to be nervous around people whose work you respect, but like the professionals they are, they put me at ease straight away. Somehow I knew we were always going to be friends. In an industry full of fakes and fake people, the Crookes are refreshingly genuine.

I’ve gotten to know them, reviewed their albums and singles and watched them grow as songwriters and musicians. Like many other bands I’ve come to know as friends, I see so much promise in what they’re doing and how hard they’re working to achieve this dream of making it, I really wish the best for them. So when the opportunity came for me to see them play their biggest show yet in London at the Scala on Tuesday 21 May to celebrate their record label Fierce Panda’s 19th birthday, I jumped at the chance to go. It meant I had to rearrange my holiday in Britain to accommodate the show; my stay in Liverpool for Sound City at the start of my holiday had be curtailed, but I wouldn’t have traded it for the world. Seeing your friends playing one of the biggest gigs of their lives – having the time of their lives doing what they love, I might add – is priceless.

There’s much more exclusive content from the Scala show that we will be sharing in the days to come, but I’ve been sitting on my hands the last couple of days, eager to show you readers of TGTF what we’ve got up our sleeves. So I made the decision to release today the video of the Crookes playing ‘Dance in Colour’, one of two singles they’ve released on Fierce Panda this week. The performance itself is pretty unique; as Crookes fans will readily point out, singer George Waite usually plays bass but for this song, he and guitarist Tom Dakin exchange instruments, and guitarist Daniel Hopewell takes on lead guitar once the track truly gets going, playing one of the most memorable guitar hooks in recent memory. And who’s playing the piano? Why, Wardie from their friends Hey Sholay.

Last month, the band released a mini-film set to the single, starring Sir Ben Kingsley’s song Ferdinand Kingsley. I reviewed it glowingly as a major step forward in the band’s songwriting. George prefaces the song’s performance with “I want everyone to contemplate very, very hard during this song”, which provides clear indication to all that this is one not to be taken lightly. It is for sure one of the most beautiful things to be released this year; there is something so emotional in the last line, “why are you always running, love?” that gets me every single time. I feel it so deeply. I know what the song means to me, and I’m sure it means different things to different people, but I’ll always remember this gorgeous moment in time. I think it goes without saying but…enjoy.

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