(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #66: The Crookes

By on Wednesday, 19th February 2014 at 11:00 am

For the next couple of weeks leading up to SXSW 2014, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event. This is the third one of the lot, and as you might expect since Sheffield’s Crookes are essentially a guy gang and do everything together, the four of them answered our questions as a team.

Watch their latest video for new track ‘Holy Innocents’, released to the wild last week on Valentine’s Day, on this previous Video of the Moment.

SXSW-related questions:
What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Daniel Hopewell (guitar, lyrics): Breakfast at South Congress Cafe.
Russell Bates (drums): ‘American Girls’.

Are there any bands that you have as must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
Tom Dakin (guitar, backing vocals): Definitely Kurt Vile. Every time I listen to ‘Wakin on a Pretty Daze’, I love it a little bit more. I want to see how he manages to get that really distinctive feel across live. Also we’re all big fans of Girls, so hopefully we’ll get a chance to see Christopher Owens too. T

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Tom: Ever heard of a Fab Eggo™? It’s a special musical instrument constructed from a shaky egg and a Danelectro Fab Echo… [We have not and thought he was speaking of a stylised American waffle first – I’ve tried Googling for a photo of this but I’ve come up empty. I will have to ask Tom if I can photograph his in Austin. – Ed.]

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Daniel: Bourbon. Clear alcohols are for rich women on diets.

(For bands who have done SXSW before) What advice would you give other bands who have never played at SXSW before?
Daniel: Be quick. You have no time to set up your equipment / sound check. Make sure you construct a pedal board of any sort rather than faff around for ages plugging in.

And it’s on to our usual TGTF Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
George Waite (lead vocals / bass): The Fireman Sam theme tune.
Daniel: ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.


What was your favourite song as a child?
Tom: Fleetwood Mac – ‘The Chain’, but only that tiny bit that they use on the Formula One coverage, not the whole song.

What song makes you laugh?
George: ‘The Queen is Dead’ by The Smiths – “…that’s nothing, you should hear me play piano”.
Tom: ‘I’m Alright’ by Loudon Wainwright III – it’s the happy blues!

What song makes you cry?
George: ‘Carnabetian Charms’ by The Crookes. It’s that bad. [Hmm. I knew there was a reason why I usually skip that track… – Ed.]


What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
George: ‘Wasted and Ready’ by Ben Kweller – “sex reminds her of eating spaghetti”.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Daniel: This isn’t probably what you’re after, but I have to listen to ‘My Way’ and drink a coffee before I can think about getting changed each morning.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
George: ‘Locked Out of Heaven’ by Bruno Mars.
Daniel: ‘Love On Top’ by Beyonce.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
George: Charles Bukowski.
Daniel: Marquez.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
George: Male prostitute.
Daniel: I’d be dead.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
George: ‘I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning’, Bright Eyes.
Daniel: I’d probably say the same as George, which is really fuckin’ boring. I’d say I’d bring another and we could swap, but it’s unlikely we’ll both make it to heaven.

Thanks guys for humouring us and answering these questions.

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