Single Review: The Cribs – Rainbow Ridge

By on Wednesday, 16th August 2017 at 12:00 pm

Everybody’s favourite trio from Wakefield (really, how many others are there?) are back and they’re sounding as raw, and punk, as ever. The Cribs have always carried themselves with a loose edge when listening to their music you’re never quite sure if everything is suddenly going to just fall apart. Which is all a part of the magic.

From their forthcoming album ’24/7 Rock Star Shit’ (a divisive title amongst us here at TGTF; I love it), ‘Rainbow Ridge’ is a straightforward rocker that should be turned up loud. Very loud. You can hear famed producer Steve Albini all over the track, a name who produced *that* sound from Nirvana, who manages to find an emptiness, the kind that you’d hear from a garage band, and by that, I mean literally a band in a garage. Echoes throughout the verses that could be bouncing off of cracked walls give the drums a natural sound. There’s no polishing here.

The chorus has the guitars in literal overdrive, especially when in comparison to the relatively sedated nature of the verses. The Cribs are a professional outfit that manage to harness the unleashed power of an amateur one. It’s what makes them so exciting and appealing to a broad audience. Of course, it’s quite hard to avoid the final post-chorus howl of the Jarman brothers saying, “fuck for me, suck for me!” Depending on your nature, this may be a bit much, but you can’t help but get drawn into the chaotic, anarchic nature of the trio.

As the song breaks down into its bridge of a wobbly, tremolo-driven guitar solo that may feel limp, but that’s what The Cribs are about. They want to test you, they want to go against what you want. But they secretly give it to you when you aren’t aware, such as the outro guitar line that feels like a loud, abrasive sweep through the Eighties.

‘Rainbow Ridge’ is a lesson on how to interpret The Cribs for any newcomers. While on the surface it may feel sloppy, with little attention to detail. Once you crank it up loud, you find a new world of the punk ethos that has driven them this far. Let it envelop you and get you screaming out questionable phrases in a North of England accent.


The ‘Rainbow Ridge’ single is out now. The song features on their seventh album ’24/7 Rockstar Shit’; both are out now on Sonic Blew / Sony RED. To read more coverage of The Cribs on TGTF, head here.


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