For those of you who have been wondering where The Crooked Empire have been for the last few months, don't worry, we are still working hard to get back on the circuit.
The end of 2013 saw a change in the line-up for the band on a few levels, first with Chris Gibbs retiring to get married and Darryn Golby taking his place and then our guitarist Jamie parted company with us too. Although this caused us somewhat of a setback we are back in the practice room working on our 2nd album.
If you don't already have a copy of our debut album 'Too Pretty For The City' you can get it on all major online distributors including iTunes and Amazon so what are you waiting for?
We hope to post some videos of us hard at work in our lock-up as well as some sneak previews of our new material to boot!
So, The Crooked Empire are definitely here and here to stay so don't go away :)
So it was another wet weekend in Worcester and I really didn't fancy going out, so unless I was going to see one of my favourite bands at one of my preferred venues then trust me, I'd have stayed in. It must have taken a while to get off my sofa because the first thing I noticed as I wandered in, was the Passengers Band on stage, meaning I'd missed the Artois… Shame it seems, by all accounts they were amazing!
The second thing I noticed was the queue at the bar, I hadn't even noticed the place was heaving until that point! The discombobulated Vikki came good with a couple of ciders, game on!
So I wandered through the melee to snap the brilliant Passengers when I noticed something else, the familiar Marrs Bar back drop obscured by the Crooked Empire banner, aye aye Marzy ain't here then!
I’ve seen the Passengers a few times now and they were great, onight, raising the bar on a good stage, good sound system and good sound engineer was easy for this three piece.
Hoden Lane up next and another polished performance it was too. With plenty of friends in the crowd they looked and sounded relaxed
and at home on the Marrs Bar stage.
But it was The Crooked Empire's night. Copies of the album were flying out as folk couldn't wait to get their hands on them, smiles all round from the management and Sean and the boys as they relished their performance. This band write great songs which is why they are getting noticed at last.
Most of the songs on this album have been around for a while... Lets not go into that now! But with Bye Bye Baby and Run Run in your repertoire you have nothing to worry about especially with fine sing-a-longs such as Jagged Souls to call upon.
In fact the Crooked Empires back catalogue would excite any band of any note and if you can pen a track such as Too Pretty for the City which doesn't make the cut for the same titled album, you must be doing something right.
We were also treated to a few new compositions giving us an insight to their next album The Empire, it seems, are holding out for world domination, as we are subjected to new material which sounds as wonderful as the old, or new, oh god I'm confused!
They follow up this Album Party with five back to back dates in London, the pinnacle being a packed out 100 Club, not bad for an Indie band from the Shires eh?
If you have been living in a cave for the last 12 months then this will be news for sure. Our debut album 'Too Pretty For The City' will be available at our album party on 09/02/2013.
Although many of you will know this already you will probably not know much else such as, which songs are on the album or what it's going to be like.
Well fortunately for you the folks at Slap Magazine recently got their hands on a copy of our hotly anticipated debut album and had the following to say about it:
Now I don't know alot about this bunch of beauties & I feel that this helps keep my objectivity in tact. However, my esteemed colleagues here at Slap Central were positively frothing with excitement when I announced that I was to review this meisterwerk. So I hit "play" and soon enough a certain Editor was snging (crowing is more accurate) heartily along to what is a veritable cornucopia of absolutely quality unes. I too was swept along immediately with The Crooked Empire's infectious and energetic blend of indie-rockpop. Yeah I hate labels too but what ya gonna do?!
From the storming opener 'Baby Bye' to the enigmatic new single closer 'Jagged Souls' these boys take us on marvellous and memorable melodic journey. It's obvious from the outset that TCE have worked long & hard honing this set and billy-boy does it show. Their well-drilled, tight-as, no-nonsense approach is complemented perfectly by the crisp'n'clean production courtesy of Tim Lewis, ex-Spiritualised and provider of keys & synth on this estimable long player.
There is some great playing throughout from the Entwhistle meets Hooky bass of Chris Gibbs to the voluble drums courtesy of Matt Stafford. Together with the panoramic range of guitar moves on offer here and deadly, dynamic vocals courtesy of Sean Sheldon & Jamie Dudley, this makes for a heady brew indeedy-do.
This band really do have a melodic gift plus plenty of variety in the writing making for a powerful potion. Their loves and influences shine through such as in the classic Beatlesque pop of 'The War' and even sneaking a touch of Strawberry Fields mellotron into the excellent, acoustic 'Smooth Talking'.
Elsewhere singer Sean has a touch of the Kelly Jones here & there plus a little Alex Turner on the punky Artics like 'Run Run', which has some great lines such as the choice "Where did you get that face from? Everybody wants one"
This is a consistently strong album but some faves were the anthemic:
'Emily', the great riff-heavy 'Lead The Way' and 'Asking For It' which perfectly showcases this band's talent for a tasty tune.