The Cribs may be on to album number seven, but they are still something of an enigma in the music scene. Somehow, they manage the impossible; juggling DIY ethics with wide-reaching appeal via an ever-swelling arsenal of scratchy, punk anthems. Here is a band equally comfortable in a sweaty basement or on a sprawling stadium stage, and next week sees them returning to the latter.
It's tempting to describe The Cribs activity as 'relentless' in 2017; an album, several tours, a 7" treasure hunt and a host of outstanding singles. That being said, such a flurry is not out of the ordinary for the Wakefield trio who have now spent well over a decade in the midst of a blistering garage punk hurricane.
Ten years ago, The Cribs had a clutch of indie pop 'hits' not really heard outside of the alternative clubs housing the devoted every weekend. However, in May of 2007, they unleashed 'Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever', their first international major label release (although the band stayed true to their roots, sticking with Wichita in the UK).
In May 2017, The Cribs were riding a wave of success. Their previous album, 'The New Fellas', paired with a relentless touring schedule and a general buzz around the 'New Yorkshire' breakout of bands like The Kaiser Chiefs, resulted in a building mainstream anticipation for a new Cribs album for the first time in their career.
Despite hailing from Wakefield originally, the link between The Cribs and Leeds is inextricable. Throughout their history, the band have graced most stages across the city and the locals see every show as an opportunity to welcome home some of their own. This weekend presents them with their most glorious opportunity yet, as the band treads the boards in the City’s iconic Millenium Square.