Track of the Week was very nearly something different this week, but seeing as the point of the feature is generally to bring something to your attention I decided that it was time to give the latest single by Sheffield's newest pop heroes an airing.
'Godless Girl' is the lead single from The Crookes' forthcoming debut album Chasing After Ghosts (March 21st, Fierce Panda) and is a fantastic demonstration of The Crookes' classic shuffling indiepop. Basically, and this is either fortunate or unfortunate timing, The Crookes could well be Sheffield's answer to Frankie & The Heartstrings.
Although they deny an Orange Juice influence it's easy to hear such nuances in their sound. Doubtlessly this comes down to a shared set of reference points with the Juice and their C86 peers and a desire to strip pop back to its rock n roll foundations. They're a band more in love with Richard Hawley than they are with Arctic Monkeys and there's more than enough about them (as demonstrated on EP/Mini-Album Dreams Of Another Day) to deflect any accusations of them being indie-landfill.
Having been a regular at the much missed Fuzz Club in Sheffield I got to see The Crookes a few times in their formative years, and my have they grown. With their strong sonic identity they're one of very few decent bands currently operating around the Steel City, which is quite sad considering the thriving popscene from the latter part of the previous decade. (A problem noted in this recent Drowned in Sound city roundup).
(As a completely irrelevant side note, the bus stop part of the video appears to have been filmed directly outside my flat)