Christmas may be over for another year, yet The Crookes have managed to keep that festive glow alight with their latest single ‘You’re Just Like Christmas’. It’s been a impressive year for the boys, as 2014 saw no less than 5 tours across the world, a new album, a handful of music videos and a couple of B-sides. It seems The Crookes will not rest until they are heard.
These Steel City heart-stealers are no stranger to Christmas songs: “12 Days of Crookesmas” is a common favourite amongst the first Crookes’ fans and 2011 saw the release of ‘It’s Just Not Christmas Without You‘, a melancholic song that places the burden of the festive period on (the absence of) a single person. It seems The Crookes have continued that theme with ‘You’re Just Like Christmas’, proclaiming how their love for the season depends on the company of a special someone.
The two Crookesmas songs may run along similar themes but the styles could not be more different; the former plays more on nostalgia whereas the new track offers a more wistful tone. The words “I want you to kiss me, though I’ve no mistletoe” describe a sentiment that many feel at this time of year, managing to be both hopeful and hopeless.
Forget Santa Claus – the music video was filmed along the boardwalk of Santa Cruz, where we see four red-faced Santas in the blazing sunshine. The song starts with a howl and a warning: “This video contains pop music and may produce a radical reaction in narrow-minded people.” It’s time to remove your prejudices and give this band a chance.
The track itself builds up the momentum with impressive guitars rifts and the predictable use of sleigh bells. There’s traces of hope thoughout the Christmas ballad; laughter can be heard through melodies and the tune will be stuck in your head long after the holidays are over.
Watch ‘You’re Just Like Christmas’ below: