The Cribs say current music scene is 'rubbish' Get Tickets

Band accuse other acts of 'lacking ethics'

The Cribs performing live on the Other Stage, 12.30pm 22 June Glastonbury Festival 2007. Pic: Guy Eppel
The Cribs have declared the state of the current music scene as “rubbish” – comparing the situation to that of the bandwagon-jumping Britpop scene of almost a decade ago.

The band recently caused controversy onstage at Glastonbury when co-frontman Ryan Jarman said the “mainstream attitude of most indie bands” was a bigger threat to the planet than global warming.

And although he has subsequently stated his comment was an over-the-top joke, Jarman, speaking in this week’s NME, is unrepentant about how he feels when it comes to the current state of indie rock.

He said: “I think there’s a couple of good bands. But I mean just that; a couple of good bands. I’m not gonna mention any names – in a good or bad way – and I’m not going to call anyone out by name. But music is rubbish right now.

“There aren’t any bands with ethics. Things have got how Britpop was a few years ago, with people identifying something that is popular, and just doing the same and jumping on the bandwagon.”

Also in this week’s NME, we team up the UK’s newest indie chart stars Kate Nash and Jack Penate, we celebrate the sickest gigs of all time and you can win tickets to see Arctic Monkeys in Manchester this weekend.

Plus we review the new album by The Coral and recent live shows by PJ Harvey and The Horrors.

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