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'
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?
D: What do you appreciate most in your friends?
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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