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As The Cribs, English brothers Ryan, Gary and Ross Jarman have shown longevity and consistency that not many of their contemporaries in the early 2000s NME buzz area have shown. While most bands have faded into obscurity or just given up altogether, The Cribs have found a new lease of life, still maintaining their core sound, while also incorporating new styles of rock to keep things fresh and exciting. They dig into a 90s grunge and garage rock sound on their latest album 24-7 Rock Star Shit, released this year via Sonic Blew.

They’ve returned to us stateside for a tour in support of the new album, which included a performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 21, along with Scottish openers PAWS. Minutes into set opener “Our Bovine Public,” the young crowd lost its mind and the front section of the floor became a place for bodies to fly and crash into one another. The crowd kept this up for nearly the entirety of the bands set and were so wild that even Ryan Jarman took part in some crowd surfing.
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The Cribs at Mercury Lounge (March 11, 2015)

By Will Oliver, March 12th 2015 — with 1 comment

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Man was it good to finally catch The Cribs live again. Before last nights intimate showing at Mercury Lounge, the last time I caught the British trio was in 2007, a hearty eight years ago. A lot of time has passed since then, but The Cribs have stayed strong throughout, expanding their sound in more ways than I ever expected.

The Jarman brother trio are gearing up to release their brand new album (their sixth) For All My Sisters on March 24 via Arts & Crafts. The show at Mercury Lounge was their first show in New York in three years, and the first of a sold out three night run, with the other shows happening at Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right and Saint Vitus, on Friday and Saturday respectfully.

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The Cribs – “Burning For No One”

By Will Oliver, March 3rd 2015

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British trio The Cribs will release their new album For All My Sisters on March 24 via their new label, Arts & Crafts. They recorded the album in New York at The Magic Shop along with producer Ric Ocasek.

The new label marks another shift in the bands decade-long career, and the change is evident in the tracks we’ve heard so far. Take the first song released from the record: “An Ivory Hand.” It comes off as a very 2000’s Weezer track with a relaxed California vibe. This vibe is also found on current single “Burning For No One,” and visualized for the music video, which finds the band of brothers stranded on a desert island. If the rest of the album sounds as laid back and easy going as this, we may have our first summer record of the year.

Find the video for “Burning For No One” posted below, and find the stream for “An Ivory Hand” right after.
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[new]: The Cribs – Chi-Town

By Will Oliver, February 15th 2012 — with 1 comment

“Chi-Town” is a brand new song from The Cribs. It will be on their new album In The Belly Of A Brazen Bull, which is due out May 8 via Wichita Recordings.

“Chi-Town” kicks hard with big riffs and a more refined garage sound that calls back the bands earlier 3-piece days. It’s a good cut that should get you warmed up for the rest of the record. It’s available to download for free below via Spin.

[mp3]: The Cribs – Chi-Town

[new] The Cribs – Housewife

By Will Oliver, August 10th 2010

Ah what a treat. The Cribs have just released a new surprise single called “Housewife”. The band is currently recording their follow-up to Ignore The Ignorant, and they decided to release “Housewife” now, since it was played on BBC Radio the other day, and will be heard live at their Reading & Leeds Festival appearances.

“Housewife” is a synth led song that is appropriately tied to a zombie filled music video. While the synths are dark, the melody is rather bright. Perfect use of contrasting sounds. You can stream the single below:

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Here is the music video as well:

You can grab a limited edition 7″ from Banquet Records. Otherwise, for you UK fans, you can buy it from itunes.

[NEW] The Cribs – We Were Aborted

By Will Oliver, July 7th 2009 — with 5 comments

The Cribs are back. This time they have added a new member. Not just any member, it is a man named Johnny Marr. He’s only played guitar in The Smiths and Modest Mouse. No biggy.

They have released a brand new track called “We Were Aborted” on their website for free download. It is the leading track off their upcoming album Ignore The Ignorant. The impact of Marr is immediately felt on the record. Apparently it was the first that they wrote with him too!

I am enjoying this track greatly right now. It is a great urgent guitar track with a friendly Cribs chorus. Having this and “Crying Lightning” blasting away will make this week go by easier.

[mp3] : The Cribs – We Were Aborted

Ignore The Ignorant comes out September 8th.

Demob Happy – “Dead Dreamers”

By Will Oliver, October 21st 2017

Newcastle trio Demob Happy have tastemakers in the U.K. paying attention, having just supporting acts like The Cribs and Gang Of Youths this spring. They’re signed to Atlantic Records’ U.S. imprint Taste and Tone, who released their rather rocking single “Dead Dreamers” earlier in the year.

The track came after seeing that “the world tried to set itself on fire the last year,” and the band wrote based on that and ended up with a dirty rocker with riffs that remind a bit of acts like Royal Blood, with a bit of the bombastic nature of early Muse. It’s got a big time sound that has some serious mainstream appeal.

Take a listen to “Dead Dreamers” below, and don’t be afraid to turn the volume up a little bit while you do.
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All photos by Rachel Barrish

Last month I was introduced to Philadelphia rockers Cold Fronts when they opened for The Cribs at Mercury Lounge. Last week the energetic rockers returned to Mercury Lounge last week, for a headlining show of their own at Mercury Lounge.

Our photographer Rachel Barrish was on hand to capture their set, and got some wonderful photos from their set, which extended to the back bar of the venue. Not something you see every day.

Find Rachel’s photos from their performance posted below, along with a stream their Haim referencing new single “Baby Haim”
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Johnny Marr at Music Hall of Williamsburg (November 15, 2014)

By Will Oliver, December 18th 2014 — with 1 comment

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You probably know legendary guitarist Johnny Marr best as one of the members of The Smiths. But he also has participated in many other acts such as Electric, The Cribs, and Modest Mouse. Recently Marr has embarked on a solo career of his own. On November 15 he stopped by Brooklyn to play a sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in support of his new album Playland.

Marr had terrific control over the room, bringing his music to life in on his own terms. As a frontman he’s engaging and certainly holds is own vocally. He played lots of new material from Playland (his sophomore solo effort) as well as cuts from his solo debut, The Messenger. Going into the show I hoped to hear a few of The Smiths songs thrown in there, and thankfully he did more than that. He played a handful of Smiths favorites such as “Panic,” “Bigmouth Strikes Again,” and “The Headmaster Ritual.” He also played “Getting Away With It” from Electronic.

Marr really surprised the crowd by bringing out Kirk Douglas of The Roots to play guitar on “How Soon Is Now?,” an unexpected treat to say the least. The encore brought a heartwarming performance of “Still Ill” as well as “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” which was sung by the entire crowd at remarkable levels.

I may never get to see The Smiths (or Morrissey) but at least I am able to have caught the wonderful Johnny Marr.


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2. Panic (The Smiths)
3. The Right Thing Right
4. Easy Money
5. 25 Hours
6. New Town Velocity
7. The Headmaster Ritual (The Smiths)
8. Back in the Box
9. Speak Out Reach Out
10. Generate! Generate!
11. Bigmouth Strikes Again (The Smiths)
12. Boys Get Straight
13. Candidate
14. Getting Away with It (Electronic)
15. How Soon Is Now? (The Smiths) w/ Kirk Douglas of The Roots on guitar


16. Still Ill (The Smiths)
17. Dynamo
18. Lust For Life (Iggy Pop cover)
19. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (The Smiths)

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Mazes – Bodies

By Will Oliver, October 23rd 2012

Mazes’ “Bodies” is a single that the London band have released a cassette release that they will sell during their tour with The Cribs. This is wholesome guitar rock through and through, something that we will always welcome back during a time when music is lacking a human touch, as 20jazzfunkgreats points out.

Grab a free mp3 download below.

[mp3]: Mazes – Bodies

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