Forget Abbey Road, if you want to write and record a brilliant album it would appear a remote farmhouse is the place.
Four Crooks used lockdown far more productively than some of us. I don’t know about you, but I would say watching 4 series of Gossip Girl is productive.
Instead of binge watching TV though, this band decided to create an EP, ‘Black Magic’. The EP consists of 3 tracks each with their own unique vibe.
However, this isn’t just your run of the mill angsty indie band. The 4-piece Telford group decided to make something that was personal for them.
All 3 songs relate to the members in some way, whether it be about past relationships or demons they’ve had to face.
The first track, ‘Black Magic’, starts off with a heavy rock vibe, while the booming guitar and drum beat play off one another brilliantly.
Like the Black Keys, the rock feel doesn’t stop at any point in the track. The edgy tune helps make the chorus stick in your mind, fronted by the amazing vocals of lead singer Dave Morris.
While the track may not be hugely complex, it has the desired impact on the listener. It makes you sit up and listen to what’s being played and makes you admire their professionalism in creating such a good track.
Their indie rock doesn’t stop there though, with ‘Feel Alright’ exuding a similar feel, but in a much different way.
This song has a punchy start, but is nowhere near as heavy as before. The best explanation I can give is that it makes you feel like you’ve been teleported into a scene from a Bourne film.
Here, the drums take precedence, allowing Dan Quinton-Jones to show you what he can really do. Throughout, he showcases a plethora of talent, gripping the song by the horns and making it his own.
It’s at this point you start to realise how versatile Dave Morris’ voice is. From edgy Alex Turner like vocals to the more high pitched notes, he can hit them all. His ability to switch style dependent on the music he has alongside him is incredibly professional.
The final track ‘Paranoia’ is completely different to the other two. It begins with an almost synth vibe, briefly opening the door to the 70’s, only to be slammed shut by the thunderous sound of that classic edgy rock guitar.
Again, Morris proves to us just how amazing his singing is here, complementing the instruments perfectly to create something you can listen to again and again.
Overall, I’d say this has to be in my top 3 favourite reviews ever. The only thing that stops it from clinching top spot is the sometimes repetitive nature within some parts of each track. But hey, if it’s not broken, why fix it?
Listen to Four Crooks’ immense sound in their established EP ‘Black Magic’ below.
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