TGTF Exclusive Interview: The Crookes at Fierce Panda’s 19th Birthday Slamdown at London Scala – 21st May 2013

By on Tuesday, 2nd July 2013 at 1:00 pm
 

Photos by Braden Fletcher of Sound Influx; interview filmed by Samuel Hopper of Woodpile Sessions and Toby McCarron of Sound Influx

The first time I met Sheffield band The Crookes was at my first Great Escape, in May 2012. I was so excited to finally see them live; as an American, I didn’t think I’d have too many chances and this chance fell into my lap just at the right moment when I happened to be at the festival. Armed with nothing but a Sony point and shoot, I wanted to videotape the interview I was doing with them while we were sat in the beloved coffee bar of the Komedia that has sadly now turned into a noisome, candy-coloured cinema. The actual interview came out all right, but that was mostly due to the Crookes’ friendly nature in dealing with this American music editor who was quaking in her boots with the prospect of interviewing some of her musical idols.

Flash forward about a year later, to when the Crookes were due to headline their record label Fierce Panda’s 19th birthday party ‘slamdown’ party at London’s Scala on the 21st of May 2013. It’d been advertised as their biggest headline show to date in London. Having followed their pursuit of musical success from the early days of a CDR of ‘Backstreet Lovers’ played on Steve Lamacq’s then Radio 1 programme in 2009 all the way to today, I decided that since I was lucky enough to be in London for the actual event, I wanted to document this important moment in their career. Regular readers of TGTF will recall that I previously posted exclusive live gig videos of new single ‘Dance in Colour, second album title track ‘Hold Fast’ as part of my live gig review of the show and the encore that included George Waite’s stunning solo of ‘The I Love You Bridge’ and ‘Afterglow’ B-side ‘Honey’ from the evening.

What you didn’t know was hours before the actual show, myself, along with some friends from Sound Influx and the Woodpile Sessions, were running around the Scala, working on some other exclusive bits. This is one of those bits: a completely candid interview with the band on their story so far since I last chatted with them in Brighton last year. They’d had an amazing 12 months, which included the release of second album ‘Hold Fast’ (review here); a support slot with hometown legend Richard Hawley; a repeat shout at this year’s SXSW, their second time at the famous music festival in Austin; and their newest release of the double-A-sided single ‘Bear’s Blood’ / ‘Dance in Colour’.

None of us knew it at the time – or if the band did, they certainly did not let on – that a few weeks later, they would be celebrating an American recording contract. No, this interview was a pretty relaxed affair of me chatting with friends on the eve of the most important night in their career up to that point, and I couldn’t have been happier for them. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did doing the interview with them. (If you’re wondering why drummer Russell Bates is not in these photos, it’s because he left after the interview and we didn’t get to shoot any photos until after we were done with a session. And that session is still forthcoming, so hang tight for that.)

Thanks very much to Braden, Sam and Toby for their kind assistance in this TGTF / Sound Influx / Woodpile Sessions collaboration, without whom none of these videos would have been possible. Big, big thanks to the Crookes for indulging me yet again with an interview; they are honestly the sweetest guys in the business. I also want to thank their manager Penny for being a sweetheart and bearing with me with my many requests I sent through to her during my travels across Britain, as well as the head of Fierce Panda Records Simon Williams for allowing me to interview both the Crookes and the Heartbreaks during such an important event on the Panda calendar.

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