The Cribs

Formed 2001.
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The Cribs - Reading 2012

Highlights of The Cribs' set at Reading 2012

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The Cribs are an English three-piece indie rock band originally from Wakefield, West Yorkshire. The band consists of twins Gary and Ryan Jarman and their younger brother Ross Jarman. They were subsequently joined by ex-The Smiths and Modest Mouse guitarist Johnny Marr who was made a formal member of the group in 2008. Marr would remain as part of the band until 2011; his departure was officially announced on 11 April through the band's website. Despite returning to the original trio, the band currently enlists David Jones of Nine Black Alps as a second guitarist for live shows. The band, who first became active on the concert circuit in 2002, were initially tied to other like-minded UK bands of that time, most notably The Libertines, by a British music press that were looking for a 'British rearguard' to the wave of popular US alternative rock bands of the time. They had outgrown this tag by the time of the commercial success of their third LP. In 2008, Q magazine described the band as "The biggest cult band in the UK". In 2012, the bands 10th anniversary year, they were honored with the 'Spirit of Independence' award at the annual Q Awards. Several months later, they received the 'Outstanding Contribution to Music' award at the annual NME Awards.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Payola

    Payola 2013

    Reviewed by Fraser McAlpine
    Wakefield brothers’ best-of rounds up 10 years of scruffy rock wares.
  2. Review of In the Belly of the Brazen Bull

    In the Belly of the Brazen Bull 2012

    Reviewed by Noel Gardner
    Lung-busting choruses abound on this tunefully angular fifth LP.
  3. Review of Ignore the Ignorant

    Ignore the Ignorant 2009

    Reviewed by Andrzej Lukowski
    Rockin' uncle Johnny leads The Cribs from punk adolescence to pop adulthood.
  4. Review of Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever

    Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever 2007

    Reviewed by Tim Nelson
    'Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever' sees the Cribs step up to the major league...
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