The Crookes 'Soapbox' (album stream)

The Crookes 'Soapbox' (album stream)
The Crookes hail from Sheffield, UK, but they disappeared to a church in the Italian countryside for two months to record their latest album. They have now emerged with Soapbox, which is available to stream in full ahead of its April 15 release on Modern Outsider Records.

The album is made up of bright, no-bones-about-it rock songs that pair overdriven guitar energy with tuneful melodies. The only exception is the quiet piano ballad "Holy Innocents."

"The most obvious theme that runs through the entire album is the idea of 'The Outsider,'" guitarist/lyricist Daniel Hopewell said in a statement. "As a band that seems to suit us... never invited inside, but never wanting to be. I can empathize more with the madman standing on his soapbox, slowly gaining an audience by speaking with passion and honesty."

Hear the album below. Expect the Crookes to tour North America this summer and check out their currently confirmed overseas schedule here.