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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.



Live “Gig” Video: The Cribs share Gordon Burns-narrated documentary ahead of release of 7th album

By on Monday, 7th August 2017 at 4:00 pm

We’ve posted documentaries on TGTF before. The most memorable one, which I think will remain as such for a long time, if not forever, was Bombay Bicycle Club’s long-form advertisement for a massive show at Earl’s Court in 2014. What’s even weirder is the direction Jack Steadman has gone since then, but neither he nor his former band are the focus of this post today.

The Cribs announced a short while ago that they will be releasing their seventh album this month. ’24-7 Rock Star Sh**’ (yeah, I’ve got my limits) will be released on this Friday. To promote the album, they’ve been doing some unique things, including working with VEVO for their own string of documentary-style videos under the video service’s series Off the Record. The most recent installment, unveiled last Friday, is narrated by former North West Tonight host Gordon Burns, who also interviews the band about their history in between performances of new songs from this upcoming album. In this 32-minute interview slash live gig, you can watch Gary, Ryan and Ross Jarman playing ‘What Have You Done For Me’, ‘Rainbow Ridge’ and ‘In Your Palace’ from the new LP. Watch it below. To catch up on our past coverage of The Cribs here on TGTF, use this link.

Vevo Off The Record: Documentary by The Cribs on VEVO.


Video of the Moment #2381: The Cribs

By on Thursday, 15th June 2017 at 6:00 pm

This week, brother band The Cribs have unveiled the promo video for an unexpected single. We’re not sure what will follow after ‘In Your Palace’ – a new album, maybe? – but one thing’s for sure, the song came out of recent studio sessions with Steve Albini. The accompanying black and white video sees Gary, Ryan and Ross Jarman…blowing bubbles, blowing smoke and playing with sunglasses, respectively. Doesn’t sound very promising, does it? Trust us, the new material – in all its loud, rebellious glory – is far more inspiring. Have a listen and watch to the video for ‘In Your Palace’ below. The group have also announced a series of North America dates, which should appear on their official Web site in due time. For much more on The Cribs here on TGTF, go here.



The Cribs / May 2017 UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 8th February 2017 at 9:00 am

Wakefield brother band The Cribs have announced a special tour for this May to take place in the UK. It’ll be celebrating the 10th anniversary of their seminal album ‘Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever’. Funnily enough, the name of this special tour is ‘Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Forever’ – ha! Tickets to this new Cribs tour will be on sale this Friday, the 10th of February, at 9 AM. For more of TGTF’s coverage of the Yorkshire band, follow this link.

Thursday 11th May 2017 – Glasgow ABC
Friday 12th May 2017 – Manchester Academy
Saturday 13th May 2017 – Birmingham Institute
Monday 15th May 2017 – Newcastle Academy
Tuesday 16th May 2017 – Bristol Academy
Thursday 18th May 2017 – London Forum Kentish Town
Saturday 20nd May 2017 – Leeds First Direct Arena


Video of the Moment #1947: The Cribs

By on Monday, 2nd November 2015 at 6:00 pm

Following the conclusion of their latest UK headline tour this past Thursday in Portsmouth, the Cribs have unveiled the latest promo video from their current album ‘For All My Sisters’, which was released this past spring. Disappointingly, ‘Summer of Chances’ features no feral pigs, but it does feature Gary Jarman taking lead vocals over a karaoke-style video presentation, complete with Japanese characters being ‘lit up’ as they do in karaoke bars. It all happens over aerial scenes of Japan. According to this article at the Line of Best Fit, this promo offered them the opportunity to collaborate with longtime fan and artist Hiromix and pay tribute to the country of Japan and all their supporters there, and it was filmed in the Shibuya district of Tokyo. Watch it below.

All of our past coverage of the Cribs on TGTF can be found here.


The Cribs / October 2015 UK Tour

By on Tuesday, 11th August 2015 at 9:00 am

In addition to previously announced tour dates in Glasgow and London, The Cribs have announced many more dates to round out their tour campaign to support their 2015 album ‘For All My Sisters’ released back in March. The new live dates for the Jarman brothers will go on sale this Friday, the 14th of August, at 9 AM.

For more on the Cribs on TGTF, including my coverage of the trio closing out the VEVO-sponsored Wagner Hall Friday night at this year’s Great Escape, go here.

Monday 19th October 2015 – Newcastle Academy
Tuesday 20th October 2015 – Glasgow Barrowlands (already on sale)
Wednesday 21th October 2015 – Manchester Albert Hall
Saturday 24th October 2015 – Sheffield Academy
Sunday 25th October 2015 – Bristol Academy
Monday 26th October 2015 – Nottingham Rock City
Wednesday 28th October 2015 – London Roundhouse (already on sale)
Thursday 29th October 2015 – Oxford Academy
Friday 30th October 2015 – Portsmouth Pyramid Centre


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