Writing a well crafted song is not easy to do but listening to the The Crookes, it sure sounds easy. This four piece from Sheffield have a plethora of catchy, witty offerings on their latest record Hold Fast. The Crookes took the time to chat with AMBY about working on new songs, Sabbath and the fact that they are all women.
AMBY: I have to begin by saying thanks for taking the time to do this. What has the band been up to lately?
The Crookes: We’ve been spending some time working on new songs, it’s basically all we do when we’re not touring.
AMBY: For those who haven’t had the pleasure of hearing you, how would you describe The Crookes’ sound in three words?
The Crookes: Intelligent pop music.
AMBY: You have recently released your new album Hold Fast, what are the three must hear tracks on it?
The Crookes: My favourites are Hold Fast, Sal Paradise and The I Love You Bridge.
AMBY: What three items next to food and water would you take to a desert island?
The Crookes: I’m going to go sensible here, Suncream, Satellite phone, boat.
AMBY: What is the most memorable moment you’ve had while touring?
The Crookes: There are so many unrepeatable moments but the show at The Leadmill was probably a high point of both my life and career.
AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?
The Crookes: Tom Waits – Small Change, Arcade Fire – Funeral, The Beatles – Sgt Peppers
AMBY: I am really digging the new single Maybe In The Dark, what is the story behind the song?
The Crookes: Daniel writes all the words and every song has any number of meanings and stories behind the lyrics. On a base level it’s about women.
AMBY: If you could cover any song, which would it be and why?
The Crookes: I’d like to cover something that sounds nothing like us, Sabbath maybe.
AMBY: What’s on your iPod at the moment?
The Crookes: So much, though i’m enjoying Tom Waits discography, Hey Sholay’s album also just discovered Julie Driscoll.
AMBY: Describe your dream gig and who would be on the bill with you.
The Crookes: Us, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, Keith Richards, Jack White, Stevie Wonder. We go out for beers afterwards.
AMBY: What is the best song of 2012 so far?
The Crookes: No Church In The Wild – Jay-Z Kanye, Love is Blindness – Jack White, Anything off that Tame Impala album.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about The Crookes that nobody knows yet?
The Crookes: We’re all women. FACT!
Check out Maybe In The Dark below! A great track accompanied by a lovely video. And lastly, thank you very much The Crookes, for giving us your answers!
Alicia & Yaz Atout