The Cribs: ‘Leaving Wichita was like breaking up with a girlfriend’

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The band will release their sixth album through Sony RED in 2015

The Cribs have said that leaving their former label Wichita was like breaking up with a girlfriend.

The band will release their sixth studio album with new label Sony RED in spring 2015. Speaking to BBC Newsbeat, Gary Jarman of the band said: “For us it was really, really hard, we haven’t really spoken about it. It was difficult really, we’ve been with Wichita a long time, so it was really hard, it was like a break up with a girlfriend”.

He continued: “When you are on an indie label, when you have grown together, it’s much more personal. Like I said, it is more like breaking up with someone more than a business thing.” Earlier this week the band assured fans that despite their new label, things “aren’t gonna change”, quoting the title of the track of the final song of the band’s second album ‘The New Fellas’. The band tweeted:

Wichita Recordings had been the band’s home since 2004 when they released their self-titled debut album. Confirming the news of the change in label, The Cribs’ manager James Sandom told Music Week: “After a very enjoyable decade together with Wichita, the band felt the fresh impetus and a new approach would be advantageous for their sixth studio album. They have huge respect for Wichita, and fond memories of their achievements together.”

It was recently revealed that Ric Ocasek of 1980s new wave pop band The Cars will produce The Cribs’ next album, their first studio album since 2012’s ‘In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull’.

Speaking to NME, Ryan Jarman discussed Ocasek, who has also produced albums by Weezer and Guided By Voices. “He doesn’t do records like a gun for hire; he chooses a band. We’ve been trying to get him since the third record, now he thinks we’re definitely good enough.”

Speaking further about the band’s next LP, Jarman added: “We’ve got enough songs for it, we’re just finalising things: we’ll record in October. It’s influenced by all the stuff we’ve been listening to – The Replacements and 80s pop basically.”

In 2012 The Cribs released ‘Payola’, a collection of their singles and b-sides.