July 10, 2009 13:00

Cribs slam careerist UK indie bands

'They've fallen by the wayside' says Ryan Jarman

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The Cribs have lashed out against the current crop of UK guitar bands – claiming they are too careerist to be truly indie.

The Wakefield/Manchester band said that despite there being a huge amount of anticipation for their forthcoming new album, 'Ignore The Ignorant' (set for release on September 15), their first featuring ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, they still saw themselves as outsiders.

"People aren't doing it [indie music] well," frontman Ryan Jarman said. "The people who are in it for the wrong reasons have fallen by the wayside."

Guitarist Johnny Marr added that he believed that his band's politically-charged new album title, partly influenced by the worrying rise of the British National Party in UK politics, was a symptom of how The Cribs refused to compromise their values in an attempt to grab sales.

"Whether you want to call it politics with a small 'p', or in capitals," he outlined, "the band have made no apologies about being political in the past. That makes us a different prospect to a bunch of bands in white plastic suits.

"Everyone knows that The Cribs are a group of individuals rather than coming off some cold ironic faceless band conveyor belt."

For the full interview with The Cribs, see the new issue of NME, out now.

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