Proving to be a massive hit across the region, Split has invited The Cribs to play on Sunday night just before Maximo Park. What a line-up!
Following their latest LP In The Belly of The Brazen Bull, an explosion of punk-thrashing riffs and energy, along with Payola, their first ‘best of’ compilation released last year, Indie-rock trio The Cribs are ready to take Split Festival by storm.
Formed back in early 2002 in Wakefield‚ The Cribs‚ twin brothers Gary and Ryan, and younger sibling Ross first came to light with their debut release ‘You & I’, a split
Single with Jen Schande on the Leeds based indie Squirrel Records. Following their signing to Wichita Recordings in 2003, they enlisted the help of their friend and Chicago singer/avant-garde musician Bobby Conn, to record demos for their eponymous debut, subsequently spending a week ensconced in London’s Toe Rag studio capturing the endearing energy of their live shows.
Never ones to sit back‚ ‘The New Fellas’ followed in 2005, an altogether more vitriolic affair. Produced by Edwyn Collins, the album broke new ground for the band providing them with several Top 40 singles, including ‘Hey Scenesters’ ‚ a dig at the indie scene of the time and further backed with the chart success of the singles ‘Mirror Kissers’ and ‘Martell’.
The Cribs have continually enjoyed the patronage of their contemporaries and 2006 saw Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos take on the producer role. ‘Men’s Needs,
Women’s Needs, Whatever’ saw a no less passionate band but Kapranos managed to harness their anger and song writing prowess whilst not losing any of their inherent beauty resulting in the bands major mainstream breakthrough, reaching Number 13 in the charts upon release in 2007. Featuring a contribution from Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo the record cemented the band’s position of as one of Britain’s biggest cult bands.
A chance meeting with Johnny Marr in 2007, when Gary relocated to Portland, saw the ex-Smiths guitarist joining the band, and work started in earnest on the band’s fourth album. ‘Ignore The Ignorant’ released in September 2009 became their first Top Ten album, garnered support from hitherto uncharted waters and saw the band extend their fan base across the world and continued the band’s ever increasing upward trajectory.
Marr’s genius touch was poignant on the band’s record, particularly on We Share The Same Skies, the second single taken from the LP, with the jangly intro, almost a Marr specialty, laying base for a cool, melodic kick within a catchy melody.
In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull was the band’s fifth effort, released in 2012. The majority of the album was produced and recorded by Dave Fridmann, at his Tarbox Road Studios in upstate NY. The session yielded nine album tracks. Ryan’s songs are raw, fierce, punk sounding; see ‘Back To The Bolthole’, ‘Jaded Youth’ and ‘Come On, Be A No-One’
The Cribs are ready to hit Split Festival with their back-catalogue of heavy, straight-shooting indie rock ’n’ roll. We cant wait…