Bands to Watch #164: The Crookes

By on Wednesday, 10th March 2010 at 2:00 pm

With a name like ‘The Crookes‘ one might stereotype a band as a scruffy angst-ridden bunch sputtering on about drugs, sex and violence. One should know better. What you get this Sheffield-based band is a good dose of sunshine, love and peace. And what better way to welcome spring in than with “Chorus of Fools”, a poppy, and jingle-jangle tune topped with indie-folk and a strong influence of English kitchen-sink literature.

“Chorus of Fools'” comes off “A Colliers Wife” EP, and echoes slightly of ‘50s doo-wop and girl groups from the ‘60s, and with such comparisons, one might simply pigeonhole the four member band as outdated.

Yet again, one should really do better than to judge. The lyrical creativeness captures something akin to The Smiths, Orange Juice, The Coral and yes, even perhaps early day Libertines.

With the continuous flood of new wave synth acts seemingly coming far and wide, The Crookes offer a refreshing change that is not only catchy and poppy but simple – in a highly likeable way.

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