Label: Fierce Panda
Released: 9 July
Get It: Album: Hold Fast
In the middle of the last decade the guitar driven pop sphere was constantly abuzz with excellent and exciting new acts. With the UK being at the forefront and several of the key players coming from Yorkshire it almost felt like Sheffield was at the centre of the music universe. For many (students at least), the heart of Sheffield's music scene was Fuzz Club.
Before forming The Crookes, the members of the group were regulars at Fuzz where tickets were cheep (£3.50 for two band and a disco) and some of the best bands in the country played. After seeing Hot Chip, or The Long Blondes, Art Brut, or The Chalets, Howling Bells or 65daysofstatic you could dance to the early hours to a proper indie disco. Tunes carefully selected so that the 1,000 capacity room would get moving, but deftly avoiding knuckle dragging lad-rock anthems. Smart pop for a discerning crowd.
The spirit of Fuzz Club lives on in The Crookes and their other New Pop brethren.
Alongside The Heartbreaks and up-and-coming Cold One Hundred, The Crookes are crafting romantic guitar pop songs from a very British tradition. There's a resemblance on new single 'Maybe In The Dark' to early Maccabees when the doomed romance of Richard Hawley was a bigger influence than guitar peddles. Meanwhile the ear-burrowing guitar confirms their place amongst the bands we all saw gracing the stage in the last decade.
Keep Pop Loud
The video was shot on the same stage as Fuzz Club which finished in 2009. The venue is about to undergo a massive refurbishment.