Crook & The Bluff (USA)
"If mankind ever colonizes the moon, Crook and the Bluff will be playing in a corner nightclub, with the desolate, white prairie behind them."
Awe-inspiring landscapes, towering monolithic formations, a powerful, indomitable spirit, unpredictable and mysterious in character. These elements of the American West are ever-present in the music of Crook & the Bluff. Known for their dynamic performances and commanding aura, Crook & the Bluff’s unholy joining of western psychedelia and dirty, desert blues, influenced by the vast and beguiling wilderness of their high desert home, can only be fully experienced live.
At the forefront of this 4-piece is the booming baritone and piercing falsetto of lead singer Kirk Dath. Principle songwriter, and founding member, Dath is the voice that guides listeners through torrid scenes of desire, or ushers them across the River Styx with mellifluous whispers of absolution. Using a carefully-honed lead guitar, Ryan Arnold provides depth and drama to the music, employing both ferocious, bone-cutting solos and rich, nuanced tapestries of sound. With the intensity and focus of a surgeon, Kevin Schultz controls the low-end with lyrical bass lines and heavy doses of fuzz, all while Darren Farnsworth, the well-oiled engine of the group, provides both propulsion and elegance from behind the kit.
Equipped with an arsenal of songs depicting lust, love, loss, murder and malevolence, Crook & the Bluff’s music explores diverse themes and often meddles in strange curiosities. Storytellers at heart, “The Bluff” engulfs listeners in a spectrum of orchestrated vibrations, with eerie ballads of torment and revenge, a sultry number lamenting a lost bird that administer the pulse to the dance floor, or the droning, hypnotic piece that buzzes through the efficacy of licking toads. Equal parts musicians and mad-scientists, the band has crafted a deep symbiosis with its armory of equipment, using it to manifest colourful and mesmerizing soundscapes that has many fans describing them as “the Pink Floyd of the American West”.