TGTF Exclusive Live Gig Videos: The Crookes play ‘The I Love You Bridge’ and ‘Honey’ in Fierce Panda 19th Birthday Slamdown encore – 21st May 2013

By on Friday, 7th June 2013 at 4:00 pm

Header photo by Lennon Gregory

When you’re a fan of a band – any band – I think there’s certain expectations you have when you go see that said band live. Even if you prayed for days on end, there are certain songs that you just know will never show up in a set list. Despite my greatest wish to see ‘Stars’, ‘The Crookes Laundry Murder 1922’ and ‘I Remember Moonlight’ played live by the Crookes, I always have assumed I’ll never see them live. The time has passed; two out of three of those are of the 2011 ‘Chasing After Ghosts’ / Alex Saunders era and therefore unlikely to be pulled out for public consumption again.

I had a similar resignation when it came to ‘The I Love You Bridge’, the last track on ‘Hold Fast’; it’s so different from the rest of the album in tempo and raucousness, and admittedly, it can be a bit of a downer, depending on the way you look at the words, so I just never expected it to pop up in a Crookes live set list. However, at last month’s Fierce Panda 19th Birthday Slamdown in the deft hands – literally – of singer George Waite performing this song, written about the iconic Sheffield landmark, with a guitar. All alone onstage and under a single spotlight, his performance was, in a word, breathtaking. As a singer, I get chills just thinking about it. “It’s a magic trick / an escape from this…who cares she told him no / it’s the gesture, don’t you know? / we’ll cling on and we won’t let go”: if you ever needed hope, this is the song to give it to you in spades.

The other video I have for you is for ‘Honey’, which is probably best known to Crookes fans as the b-side to ‘Afterglow’, the first single to be released from ‘Hold Fast’. In stark contrast, it’s a hard rocking number, as you will see from the energetic performance below, but it has equally thought-provoking lines: “I want to die with sunshine on my face…I’d rip out my pages to be someone else.” Likewise with ‘The I Love You Bridge’, I wasn’t expecting to hear this in London and I just keep thinking, what a wonderful treat they gave us fans. Watch both videos below – enjoy!



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[…] – and addresses the crowd with just his voice and a battered Telecaster for company. ‘The I Love You Bridge’ is the highlight of the set – an unadorned paean to the power of a vocal melody and a handful […]

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