Not many bands would find it possible to overcome the loss of Johnny Marr from the line-up but The Cribs seem to be coming back bigger, better and more confident than ever.
The former Smiths man enjoyed four years alongside the three Jarman brothers, featuring on their 2009 record 'Ignore the Ignorant' which became the band's most successful album to date, peaking at No 8 on the UK chart. The foursome regrouped last year to begin sessions ahead of writing and recording the next record but the chemistry was all wrong. Marr had begun working on another project and his time away from the band had evidently broken the spell. Handshakes all round and Gary, Ryan and Ross waved goodbye to Johnny and resumed as a three-piece.
The new album, 'In the Belly of the Brazen Bull', is released in late May and indications are that the new material will reflect a rejuvenated outlook from the Jarman boys. Not that they are somehow best rid of Marr, more that the Modest Mouse guitarist helped The Cribs mature from what they were before he joined into a the wise, savvy, experienced trio they now are. [You can download album track 'Chi Town' for free, here: www.soundcloud.com/wichita-recordings/the-cribs-chi-town - Ed].
In any case, you can make your own mind up by going to see The Cribs and hear the new material when they set off on a six-date UK tour in the late spring.
The May tour kicks off in Nottingham on 7th, followed by stops in London (Troxy), Bristol, Glasgow and Manchester, before the final date in Eastbourne on 13th May 2012.
We will have tickets available when they go on sale at 9am on Friday 17th February, priced £20 for London and £18 for all other venues.
Ahead of the May dates, The Cribs are playing an NME Awards Tour 2012 gig on 28th February (we have Premium tickets), plus headline shows in Edinburgh, Brighton and Leeds in early March - we have a number of Standard or Premium tickets left.