Originally published on Hooting & Howling


Since the success of the ever superb ‘Hold Fast’ last year, The Crookes have kept tightlipped on new material but new double A-side single ‘Bear’s Blood’/’Dance In Colour’ has recently been premiered on Steve Lamacq’s 6Music show along with two rather brilliant videos.

‘Bear’s Blood’/’Dance In Colour’ are the first singles taken from what is likely to be the Sheffield outfit’s third studio album and reflect everything that is still absolutely brilliant about the band. From start to finish ‘Bear’s Blood’ is a masterpiece of the guitar pop sound the band have excelled at since 2010’s ‘Dreams Of Another Day’ EP and topped off with George Waite’s effortless vocals it makes for the most incredible, and undeniably catchy, 3 minutes you will hear in a while.

On the other side, ‘Dance In Colour’ is a sickly sentimental ballad that demonstrates the understated yet profound genius of guitarist Daniel Hopewell’s lyrics and, when sung by the – once again – heartwrenching vocals of Waite with that guaranteed hint of Northern soul, the second 3 minutes resonate a musical feat just as great as the first.

Though not sounding a world away from the singles of last year’s effort, the two tracks definitely suggest progression – in the sense that The Crookes just keep getting better and better.

After two trips round the UK supporting Richard Hawley and Little Comets, and a quick jaunt in Austin for SXSW festival, The Crookes have already had a packed year. The band are set to top the bill of Fierce Panda’s 19th Birthday celebrations on 21st May, along with The Heartbreaks and Hey Sholay and it’s shaping up to be an unmissable gig. You can buy tickets here.

Watch the videos for ‘Bear’s Blood’ and ‘Dance In Colour’ below: