The three-piece formed back in 2002 when twin brothers Gary and Ryan, having dropped out of music college, founded Spring Time Studios in their home town. They kitted it out with cheap gear and started playing, putting on gigs and throwing parties to make ends meet all the while the fledgling Cribs were playing squats and basements - drawing heavily on influences from the UK punk and riot grrrl scenes, not only in their sound but in their DIY ethic. The influence is unsurprising as the boys had spent their early teens listening to the Ramones, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, The Pastels and Comet Gain.
“A pivotal moment was buying the Ramones’ “It’s Alive”. We were still at school and it cost £15. Me and Ry saved our £1.50 dinner money for the week and bought it at the weekend. It’s such a good record, going without a week’s dinner was totally justified.”
Keeping this punk fervour as their career developed along with it the boys established a stunning pop sensibility that has allowed them to grapple often difficult topics while infiltrating the collective conscious with a catchy riff.
Gary: “I enjoy writing pop songs, pop is still one of the best and most expressive types of music, you can really tug on the old heart strings, and not to compare ourselves to this, but look at Motown, they were pure pop songs but they were way more powerful than any punk song or any rock song.”
The Cribs have just released their fourth album, ‘Ignore The Ignorant’, the follow up to their striking 2007 album ‘Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever’ which smashed together the catchy sounds of brit pop with the heart of indie rock and the passion of UK punk in standout tracks like ‘Men’s Needs’.
The first slice from their latest album ‘Cheat On Me’ is already turning heads as The Cribs continue to build on their sound. The injection of the legendary Johnny Marr into the group has had an immediate effect. The new album is stronger, darker and yet still ever present are those outstanding pop hooks that have built a legion of Cribs fans.