Crookes, ‘Dance In Colour’ – Song Premiere
Every now and then, a gaggle of British lads with sharp clothes and cool haircuts lands in the States and reminds us how smart, sprightly rock 'n' roll ought to be done.
From the Beatles to the Smiths to the Arctic Monkeys, such invasions have generally left us better off, and next in line to steal jobs from hard-working American musicians are four aptly named descendents of all three: the Crookes. On Oct. 1, their 2012 sophomore effort, 'Hold Fast,' finally gets its U.S. release, and Diffuser.fm is bloody well chuffed to premiere 'Dance In Colour,' one of three bonus cuts included on the American version.
While much of 'Hold Fast' is, indeed, fast -- the kind of bright and buzzy stuff Palma Violets might bang out were they, like the Crookes, English literature graduates -- 'Dance In Colour' is an outlier. Here, the foursome from Sheffield, England, goes from ghostly ballad to piano-driven spook-soul groover to big and moody post-punk epic.
As guitarist Daniel Hopewell explains, this switched-on shape-shifter grew out of a dance-floor conversation with a remarkably profound Swedish girl.