Backstreet Lovers – The Crookes

19 Nov

“They’ve got good lyrics. All bands from Sheffield have good lyrics.” Noel Gallagher’s delightful elegance on describing, you guessed it, Sheffield four piece indie pop band, The Crookes. Following on from scruffy indie boys the Arctic Monkeys, The Crookes bring something new out of Sheffield. They’re named after their local suburb, Crookes, and have received wide praise since forming in 2008 (Named favourite new band by BBC radio 6).

The band are no Arctic Monkeys. Nor are they hugely comparable to Human League (music icons of the 80s – also from Sheffield), but they are evidently influenced by both. File these boys next to the Smiths, in style and tone. However, they are also able to encapsulate romanticism in their music, derived clearly from 50-60s pop music. NME said, “a band this good are unlikely to remain obscure for long.”

So now its time to pay attention to their latest musical offering, coming in the form of an 8 track EP, Dreams of Another Day. And the stand out track from this outstanding record is undeniably the opener, Backstreet Lovers. The song opens and continues with a delightful strumming guitar which only helps to compliment the band’s greatest asset. George Waite’s vocals are simply stunning. Poetic and warm (though perhaps slightly indulgent), they rise over the accompaniment to make Backstreet Lovers a cheery track and rich with admirable idealisms. They may not be the most unique band but their witty lyrics about everyday things may be what’s required to persuade listeners to sit up and take notice.


One Response to “Backstreet Lovers – The Crookes”


  1. blahblahblahscience» Blog Archive » The Crookes - Chorus of Fools - November 29, 2010

    […] the Libertines, and our new faves Summer Fiction, then you’ll LOVE The Crookes. Shouts to Can You Hear This for the heads up on these guys… Check it […]

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