The Cribs (2001)
The Cribs are an English indie rock trio from Wakefield, West Yorkshire. The band's members include twins Gary Jarman (bassist, singer) and Ryan Jarman (guitarist, singer) and their younger brother Ross Jarman (drummer). Ex-The Smiths and Modest Mouse guitarist Johnny Marr was also a member of the band from 2008 until April 2011. Their three albums prior to 2015 have charted in the UK top 10, however the band's best known singles are Men's Needs and Another Number.
Formation: The three brothers founded The Cribs in 2001 as a recording project. Following a demo they recorded being released to provoke label interest, the band started playing gigs at venues like the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds. As their support slots built up to more popular acts, The Cribs eventually signed to Wichita Recordings in 2003.
Musical Career: The band completely finished their self-titled debut album in seven days, and launched it on the 8th March 2004. Naturally the gritty and unrefined 'lo-fi' nature of the record was a musical quality attributed to The Cribs for years to come. For the next two years they toured extensively as headliners and supporting acts for bands like The Libertines and Death Cab for Cutie. They also made their first of a number of appearances at Reading and Leeds Festivals.
Despite being told to start writing their next record after their first tour had ended, the band had different intentions. Each of the three posted their contact details online stating they'd be willing to play anywhere in exchange for petrol money and beer. The intimate connection this established between The Cribs and their fans helped build a sustainable fan base that has lasted for over a decade.
The band's second album, The New Fellas, came out in June 2005 following the release of the single 'Hey Scenesters' which kickstarted the band's run of seven consecutive Top 40 singles. Despite being leaked prior to the release date the record was still certified Silver by the BPI. The trio then went on to tour the USA with Death Cab for Cutie and Franz Ferdinand. The year-end issue of NME crowned the The New Fellas as the No. 11 album of the year, and Hey Scenesters as single of the year.
By 2007 the band made a turning point and signed a major deal with label Warner Bros. Records, whilst still retaining their connection with Wichita in the UK. Recorded in Vancouver, BC, Canada and produced Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, The Cribs had progressed away from their unpolished sound origins. Launched in May 2007, their next album Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever entered the UK album charts at number thirteen. Touring then began in March at the Royal Albert Hall for Teenage Cancer Trust. December saw the trio return to their Yorkshire roots and play three shows covering all three of their albums at Brudenell Social Club in aid of Cystic Fibrosis. The following year the Cribs were nominated for 4 awards at the annual NME awards ceremony (Best British Band, Best Live Band, Best Track and Hero of the Year for Ryan Jarman). Alongside Johnny Marr the band were then asked to headline the annual NME Awards Tour.
After the band Modest Mouse had finished touring, Johnny Marr and the Cribs began playing together, and later announced that Johnny had become a full-time member of the group and would be working with The Cribs on their new album. Writing took up the rest of 2008 as Ross Jarman struggled recording the drum tracks after a skateboard accident that left him with a broken wrist. The album Ignore the Ignorant was released in September 2009 and received credit from various sources: it was selected as number 11 on Mojo magazine's "Albums of the Year", and at number 7 in The Fly's "Albums of the Year. The band toured USA and Canada in 2010 before playing going on to play shows in Australia and New Zealand.
Marr left the Cribs officially on the 11th April 2011, and the band then started work on their next album. Recorded at Tarbox Road studio in New York with David Fridmann, London's Abbey Road and Chicago's EAR studio with engineer Steve Albini, In the Belly of the Brazen Bull was released in May 2012 and charted at number 9 in the UK Albums Chart. The band later destroyed their instruments and set at the climactic end of their 2012 Reading Festival performance. The Cribs' 10th anniversary year was also marked by the Spirit of Independence award which was given to the band at the annual Q Awards, and later received the Outstanding Contribution to Music award at the annual NME Awards. The Cribs' third consecutive UK Top 10 Album, For All My Sisters, launched March 2014.
Different Angle is the latest singe from the band
Indie-rock band The Cribs have been delighting audiences with their unique blend of alternative, garage and punk rock for over a decade now and it seems that the original Yorkshire trio have finally been noticed by the super big guys: Kiss.
The Cribs have released their second single from their sixth album
At least that’s what they want you to think in the video for their latest release, Different Angle, which they have shot entirely on VHS as they meet and greet fans in New York and hang out with look-alikes of Kiss band members.
What else does the city of Leeds have to offer this May?
So, Live At Leeds is but two weeks away from bringing some of the country's best music veterans and up and coming stars to one of its greatest cities. But while you're there, you may as well enjoy the rest of what this incredible Yorkshire city has to offer.
Home to two universites, an extraodinary library, a colossal shopping centre and some of the best restaurants in the nation, Leeds is the place to be to kick off festival season even without taking the music into account. While the weekend of May 1st to 4th may boast a line-up including The Cribs, Gaz Coombes, George The Poet, MNEK, Gengahr, The Strypes and more, there's plenty of places to sit and let it all soak in while enjoying a decent meal and a pint.
Continue reading: Live At Leeds 2015: Great For Music, Great For Life In General
Gaz Coombes and Lion Babe among final additions.
The Great Escape Festival is set to return to Brighton for its 10th anniversary, bringing with it yet another year of remarkable up and coming bands. The final 150 acts have now been announced, and there's plenty to look forward to.
The SXSW of the UK, Great Escape has played host to some of the best bands the world has to offer, and this year is no different. Across more than 30 venues, the festival will be showcasing hundreds of acts with a massive 18,000 fans expected to show up to experience the meaning of music. So just who's turning out to celebrate 10 years of awesome sounds?
Which are the best venues to visit this SXSW?
SXSW 2015 is set to take over Austin, Texas for yet another spectacular event, spanning numerous venues with countless showcases and hundreds of artists. We may be a few weeks away yet, but here's a little taster of some of the best places to be this year.
First up, the Parish is hosting some seminal shows all week, so this should definitely be at the top of your schedule. Wednesday, March 18th sees alt rock Londoners Wolf Alice on the bill, impressing with material from their EP releases; though we are yet to see an album release from these four. Equally, LA newcomers BØRNS are not to be missed, nor are San Diego indie favourites Delta Spirit. Thursday sees The Vaccines promote their upcoming album 'English Graffiti', alongside Palma Violets with 'Danger In The Club', while New York's Lolawolf brings their brand of sensational disco pop to the scene. Friday will be headlined by the Jarman brothers' band The Cribs, and Saturday will see appropriate surf-rock from Florida four-piece Surfer Blood.
Borns will perform at the Parish on Wednesday, March 18th 2015
Continue reading: 5 Venues You'll Want To Visit At SXSW 2015
Coachella 2015 brings some fantastic artists - new and old - to Indio, California.
It's that time of year again as the full line-up announcement for Coachella 2015 arrives following some spectacular headliners: AC/DC, Jack White and Drake will all top the bills at the two-weekend event in April.
Well known for its diverse collection of rock, pop, electronic, hip hop and indie artists from around the world, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is yet again set to arrive at the Empire Polo Club fields in Indio, California. Kicking off with the first event from Friday April 10th - 12th, the festival will repeat the following week from April 17th - 19th.