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LIVE REVIEW - The Crookes at FRUIT, Hull

Hull three-piece Jesus Christ kick off the evening with a voodoo-punk, blues growl. Beefheart caked in Humber mud – a recipe more Ray Mears than Heston Blumenthal. Awkward, distorted and angular - and that's a good thing. But tonight was all about The Crookes and they nailed it. Sometimes you hear a band who fuse the music you love and make something that feels close to new. Sometimes it’s just that the time is right to revisit the best of a shimmering era in pop’s past. In the case of The Crookes – Daniel Hopewell (guitar/lyricist), Alex Saunders (guitar), Russell Bates (drums) and George Waite (bass/vocals) the mix is a kind of lyrical 80s indie-pop with echoes of 1950s/early 60s rock n’ roll. Fleetingly Hawleyesque in the slower songs (they are from Sheffield, after all) the jangle quotient is up as the band race through a bright set mainly taken from their recently released debut album Chasing After Ghosts. This is great guitar pop with spirit and verve, semi-acoustics and nift…