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The Crookes: SoundCheck

The Crookes: SoundCheck

By: Andrew Jenner

Daniel Hopewell, George Waite, Tom Dakin, Adam Crofts are the Crookes.

The four-piece from Sheffield joined us in the studio for a SoundCheck session. They delighted us with two renditions from their fourth studio album Lucky Ones, released earlier this year. 'I Want to Waste My Time on You' is a window into a world of what-ifs and wanderlust led by lead singer Waite's evocative lyrics.

'I Want to Waste My Time on You'


'You Bring the Snow'
 iTunes: apple.co/2gLhpKQ


After their session, the boys took the time to divvy up and answer our questions.

Disorder: What are you working on right now?

Adam: I'm working on learning all of Elton John's back catalogue on piano. 


D: What people, places or things inspire you?

A: Food and (most) American things.


D: What artists turn you on?

A: Jackson Browne.


D: What is your ultimate ambition?

A: I'd like to be able to always play music in some form. Maybe one day I'll be on TV. 


D: What got you started (the secret of your success)?

A: Mum and Dad (cheesy). Also Blink 182.


D: What has been the biggest surprise/lesson along the way?

Daniel: To be confident in your own ability. I naturally worry but I’ve found overthinking things and second-guessing people’s responses can be very detrimental. It’s better to just say, “Fuck what the world thinks. This is what I want to say.”


D: Who was your first crush?

D: God knows. The first one I can remember fully was Rory Gilmore, from The Gilmore Girls. It was the first time I’d seen a character that was a nerd but also cool. The fact she read a lot but wasn’t reduced to a stereotype in glasses was definitely something that appealed to me. To be fair, it was probably someone I can’t even remember now.  


D: Who are your favourite fictional heroes? / What fictional character can you most relate to?

D: Tony Soprano. I suppose he is more of an anti-hero, though. I definitely prefer anti-heroes. They’re more interesting. Sal Paradise too! 


D: What/where do you like to eat or drink?

D: At home. We eat out a lot being on tour so much, so going home to eat is a surprising luxury. I always daydream about my mum’s Pastina when we’re away on tour.


D: Where/when do you feel most yourself?

D: Alone, at my desk, with a pen. 


D: When are you at your worst?

George: When I'm tired and/or hungry. Early mornings on tour are a bit of a struggle sometimes! 


D: What would you most like to change in the world?

G: The checkout system at Aldi. 


D: What talent do you wish you had?

G: I wish I was better at getting out of bed in the morning. 


D: What is your dominant characteristic?

G: Politeness.


D: What do you appreciate most in your friends?

G: Positivity.


D: What innovation/invention do you love most?

Tom: The Swedish cheese slicer. I believe it’s called an Osthyvel.


D: What is your idea of happiness?

T: A long run, followed by a sandwich and a beer. 


D: What is your present state of mind?

T:  Post-tour fatigue.


D: What would you do if you were not doing this?

T: Playing the guitar, of course! 


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