The Crookes, Queens Social Club

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THE Queens had a long history of live music of the WMC variety until Harley Live began promoting contemporary acts there - tonight it’s the turn of these wonderful adopted sons of Sheffield.

Named after the suburb the former Uni students resided in, they’ve blazed quite a trail with their exciting blend of highly melodic whimsical pop featuring George Waite whose delightful vocals soar above jangling guitars.

Debut album Chasing After Ghosts has just been released and 20 UK headline shows precede a multinational European tour; quite a triumph for this multitalented, yet unassuming foursome.

Supporting are Morecambe’s fine regular Sheffield visitors The Heartbreaks. Tagging them indie rock doesn’t do justice to their highly-rated mix of feedback-laced guitars and understated vocals.

Cue The Crookes and an ideal hometown setting for a quirky quartet who enchant the packed venue from the off with a highly animated show featuring moves not out of place in the ‘50s as their nostalgia-tinted songs hit the spot. From arrival tune Backstreet Lovers earning a massive cheer to The Crookes Laundry Murder 1922, this outing confirms they’ve truly progressed from ‘full of promise’ to finished article in the past 12 months. The encored Bright Young Things couldn’t have been more apt for this memorable show.

Sean Bruce