The Crookes have made their new album, Soapbox, available for streaming today courtesy of Wondering Sound - repost here - prior to its release in stores this Tuesday, April 15 on Modern Outsider. The Sheffield, UK quartet's sophomore North American release, third overall, was recorded in remote isolation in a church in the northern Italian alps, bringing together this band of outsiders, as they laid out their plan of attack. "The most obvious theme that runs through the entire album is the idea of 'The Outsider'," frets guitarist and lyricist Daniel. "As a band that seems to suit us... never invited inside, but never wanting to be. I can empathize more with the madman standing on his soapbox, slowly gaining an audience by speaking with passion and honesty."
2013 saw The Crookes on tour supporting friend and Sheffield hero Richard Hawley, showcasing at SXSW (where they were spotted and signed by Modern Outsider Records) and playing two critically acclaimed shows in New York. The band returned to these shores last month for a triumphant return to Austin for SX, before making their Los Angeles debut. Relentless roadies, The Crookes head out across Europe this spring with a full North American tour in the works for this summer.
The hard work has paid off. Whilst on the road the band have built up a cult following known as the "Bright Young Things" and are at the forefront of the nascent "new pop" movement in the UK guitar scene. This devoted fan base has translated to sold-out concerts around the world including three shows in Tokyo and the main room of the legendary Paradiso club in Amsterdam, as well as headlining festivals in Germany, Holland, and Spain. The band have recorded live sessions on BBC Radio's 1,2,4,5 and 6, had their song "Backstreet Lovers" voted #24 in the "Single of the Year Campaign" on BBC 6Music and recently appeared on the widely watched BBC Breakfast.
Watch the video for first single, "Play Dumb" - here