Dark. Bright. Mischievous. Explosive. Crooked.
The Crooked was founded in early 2017 by friends and veterans of the Toronto music scene J.C Sandoval (Die Mannequin) and Anthony Dell’Orso (The Joy Arson). They were soon completed by Mississauga bassist Russ Shipman and British import Neelesh Vasistha on lead guitar.
Merely weeks after forming, The Crooked held their much-anticipated live debut at Lee’s Palace in Toronto. Over the next few months, the band won local attention with a string of video singles, supported by prominent gigs. These singles were later compiled into ‘The Shoebox Sessions’ EP, which the band released officially to a packed house at Lee’s Palace – exactly one year after their first show. A few months later, the band followed with their second EP “First Place Silver”. It received critical acclaim in Canada, praised for its production value and slick songwriting. This earned the second single “Watch Me Burn” a place on Spotify’s New Noise – an official playlist with over 292,000 followers.
The Crooked maintained pressure throughout 2019, releasing two singles: the ballad “Empathy” from their prior EP, and the freshly-recorded “Villain”. In summer, they completed their maiden European tour, playing ten dates across Germany and Southern Norway. This included appearances at international festivals Fete de la Musique and Rockstream. The Crooked is set to surf this momentum in 2020. Following their successful introduction in Europe, the band is expanding their footprint in the prize markets of Germany and the U.K.