The Crookes: The Queens Social Club, Sheffield

Never heard of The Crookes? You need to!

It was clear from the minute the indie band started their homecoming gig at The Queens Social Club in Sheffield that they were way too big for the stage they were playing. The room looked better suited to a Christmas party than a gig(I can’t remember ever seeing as much tinsel) but The Crookes didn’t mind and neither did their fans.

‘The best gig we’ve ever played,’ that was how the guys described the night, and from what I saw it was hard to dispute the fact. They had the crowd in the palm of their hand from start to finish, singing every word back to them and at times it was hard to tell who was entertaining who more. No one in the room could help but foot tap and head wobble along to every track all as good as the next. They were definitely appreciated as front man George shouted out that they were ‘the best Christmas present we could ever have asked for.’ It is hard to find a band who delivers on every song but they managed it.

With tones similar to other indie favourites such as ‘Two Door Cinema Club’, the band treated fans to new songs as well as their new Christmas release along with a few more Christmas favourites rounding up with a simple, yet amazing take on ‘Santa Baby.’ It was an opportunity to really introduce their newest member of the band, guitarist Thomas Dakin who was welcomed with open arms by the appreciative crowd.

Supporting the guys were indie rock bands ’Silent Film Project’ and ‘Sissy and the Blisters’ who were both refreshingly energetic – a perfect introduction to the headliners and definitely both worth further investigation.

The Crookes told the room it was an ‘absolute pleasure to be home’ – the pleasure was all ours.