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The Crookes Head To Europe
posted on 2nd November 2011
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** THE CROOKES CRANK UP THE LDV SOUNDSYSTEM! **
** ANOTHER SWATHE OF CONTINENTAL DATES AHOY!! **

Lovelorn indiepop romantics THE CROOKES are heading back out to Europe yet again this month in hot pursuit of their current single I Remember Moonlight and treeee-mendous parent album Chasing After Ghosts (full info waaaay down below). The Sheffield tykes, who also head to Japan at the behest of Burberry this autumn, are departing the confines of the studio where they are recording their second album to play the following exotic dates¦

THU 10-Nov-11 ITALY TURIN SPAZIO 211
FRI 11-Nov-11 ITALY PERUGIA URBAN
SAT 12-Nov-11 ITALY PORDENONE DEPOSITO GIORDANI
SUN 13-Nov-11 ITALY MILAN BARRIO'S
TUE 15-Nov-11 SWITZERLAND BASEL HINTERHOF
WED 16-Nov-11 AUSTRIA VIENNA ARENA - Dreiraum
THU 17-Nov-11 SLOVENIA (SLOVENIA!!!) LJUBLJANA CHANNEL ZERO
FRI 18-Nov-11 GERMANY MUNICH ATOMIC
SUN 20-Nov-11 HOLLAND GELEEN GELEEN CALLING FESTIVAL
MON 21-Nov-11 HOLLAND ROTTERDAM ROTOWN
TUE 22-Nov-11 HOLLAND AMSTERDAM MELKWEG
WED 23-Nov-11 HOLLAND ZWOLLE HEDON
FRI 25-Nov-11 GERMANY COLOGNE GEBAUDE 9
SAT 26-Nov-11 BELGIUM ANTWERPARENBERG
SUN 27-Nov-11 FRANCE PARIS LA MAROQUINERIE
TUE 29-Nov-11 GERMANY BERLIN COMET
WED 30-Nov-11 GERMANY HAMBURG MOLOTOW
THU 1-Dec-11 DENMARK COPENHAGEN BETA
FRI 2-Dec-11 SWEDEN GOTHENBURG TRUCKSTOP ALASKA
SAT 3-Dec-11 NORWAY OSLO REVOLVER

The Band: THE CROOKES

The Release: I REMEMBER MOONLIGHT

The Format: DOWNLOAD SINGLE

The Catalogue Number: NING 238

The Release Date: OCTOBER 10TH 2011

The Label: fierce panda

The Truth: proving that there is no rest for the wickedly charming, Sheffield-based New Pop protagonists THE CROOKES released a new single, I Remember Moonlight, from their heartily acclaimed Chasing After Ghosts album, on October 10th. A day later, on Tuesday October 11th, they played their biggest London show yet at the Borderline as part of another tour of Blighty and a jaunt around the Continent.

And, lets face it, tours of Blighty and Continental jaunts are things The Crookes seem to take in their well-appointed stride: the springtime release of Chasing After Ghosts coincided with an enormous 40-plus date spin across the indiepop universe, including a splendid cameo at fierce pandas 17th birthday party at The Scala in London and a vibrant party hoedown with 1600 melody enthusiasts at London Calling in Amsterdam. Since then? Oh, nothing much. Just the release of the Chorus Of Fools single, a sell-out show at the Lexington, a vivacious homecoming at the Tramlines Festival, a special invitation to appear at the Burberry summertime party at The Serpentine and the odd spare hour devoted to cultivating more seriously eloquent and sincerely heartfelt tunes for the second album.

I Remember Moonlight would be one of those songs, were it not already a star-bright highlight on their current debut. As ever with the craftily creative Crookes the fun is multi-tiered as a razzle dazzle surge of guitar and pop glitter throws light on the tragically nostalgic words: ?ìThe trouble with time is / It moves too fast when Im in bliss,¬ù sings George Waite like a young man who releases that mourning has broken once again.

Such is life in the alternative sphere with George (bass, as well as vocals), Daniel Hopewell (rhythm guitar) and Russell Bates (drums), have relied on a fierce DIY work ethic and some fearsomely well ironed clothes to infiltrate the underground. Already over the past two years there have been two independent singles, a seven-track EP, the debut album and a host of comparisons to sharp-brained indie classicists like The Smiths, The Housemartins and Orange Juice.

But how did a band who met whilst studying ‚ of all blithering things - literature at Sheffield University end up being called The Crookes? Inspired by the scene that birthed Richard Hawley, Arctic Monkeys and Reverend And The Makers, they named themselves after the area of the Sheffield in which they all lived. ?ìIt was always meant to be a stop-gap name but it just kind of stuck,¬ù they say. ?ìWhenever we leave Sheffield we're always being asked why we've spelled crooks wrong...¬ù

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