The Crookes at The Lexington 7 November 2012

Time for the second round of #NewPop in less than a week, this time Sheffield’s The Crookes.  I’ve been a mild fan since their Bloodshot Days… erm, days, so was looking forward to the evening.  Hey Sholay were providing support (as were As Elephants, but we didn’t see much of them) who’s album I had but hadn’t quite ‘clicked’ (as they say on The X Factor) with.  Apparently the gig was sold out, and it looked like it might have been.  As soon as we got there we spotted Steve Lamacq at the downstairs bar, apparently clutching an electric cigarette?!  He has been a Crookes fan for ages, so didn’t surprise me that he was there.  Oh to have Lammo’s job – interviewing Manic Street Preachers on his radio show one minute, watching The Crookes at The Lexington the next…

Anyway, the gig.  Hey Sholay were brilliant.  Not just saying that because their singer sported a Smiths t-shirt whilst setting up their gear before they landed on stage, they actually WERE fantastic.  Made me want to go back and listen to their album on repeat, because I got it now.  Singer’s vocals were probably the best live vocals I’ve heard this year, and even though the bastard crowd were chatting incessantly while they were playing (pet hate), they were given large ‘woohoo!’s and cheers at the end of most songs.  Good effort for a support act in London.  The Crookes came on all turned up jeans and fun buttoned shirts, George’s bass guitar just below his chin, bless him.  The crowd had swelled and the ‘everyone stand around in the top area while there’s plenty of space down the front’ Lexington standard took place.  Difficult to take photos of these guys (as with DZ Deathrays) as they were forever jumping around with hair in faces (well, in George’s case it was – where did all that hair come from?!).  I gave it a shot though, snapped away for a few, then enjoyed the rest of the gig.  Still couldn’t get the Hey Sholay performance out of my mind after leaving the gig though.  Keep an eye on those guys.

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