• Ellie Scully

Get To Know... Four Crooks

Indie-rock outfit, Four Crooks, have not let this year pass them by, despite the chaos.

Taking influence from the true powerhouses of the genre, Arctic Monkeys and The Black Keys, and implementing this with their own spin, this quartet have perfected the recipe to a truly memorable alternative tune.

More than evident in their latest release, the Black Magic EP, which combines heavy, leading drums with infectious and classic guitar riffs. The more raw and exposed route they have taken, both melodically and lyrically sets them apart from the squeaky clean that seem to be taking this genre by storm as of late, and they are all the better for it.

We caught up with the guys to chat influences, new artists we should be keeping an eye out for, and the weirdest rider they've ever received.

Tell us a bit about Four Crooks and how long you’ve been making music for?

We are Four Crooks - A four piece band from the West Midlands. What you see is what you get, four lads playing rock n roll, like so many British bands before us.

We’ve been playing around together for a couple of years but are finally starting to take things a bit more seriously.

At what point in your lives did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision?

We’ve never decided to make a career out of music. We’re just doing what we love. Writing songs about our everyday lives and playing shows wherever and whenever we can.

What is the main source of influence for your songwriting?

We try to write about what we know. A lot of it is based around mental health, relationships and escapism. It may not be glamorous but it’s real to us. You wont find us singing about expensive cars or California that’s for sure.

What is something you’ve learned about yourself through making music?

We’ve learnt how music can give you a voice. There’s lot of issues and subjects in our music that we may not be confident in talking about. Writing songs has been a great outlet for that. A way to express and vent a lot of those feelings and issues, even if no one is listening.

  1. What is something you wish you’d known when you first got into the music industry?

We don’t really think too much about the industry side of things. We’re just concentrating on doing our own thing. I think that’s really important, and that would be our advice to any other young bands.

Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists from the Midlands?

Ryan Evans and Citylightz are two that definitely spring to mind.

What would your dream tour & rider look like?

A lot of things we probably can’t mention. The strangest one we have received so far is 4 glasses of milk!

Haha, a very strange night.

If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?

Probably something by Guy Ritchie.

What’s the bucket list goal for you as an artist?

We’d love to tour America. One day who knows, it might happen.

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