The Cribs on new album: 'Recording with Steve Albini was very rewarding'

Wakefield trio say fifth album is on its way after sessions in US and UK

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The Cribs have talked about their as-yet-untitled fifth album, praising producer Steve Albini.

The Wakefield band, now back as a three-piece since Johnny Marr's departure, have been working on the follow-up to 'Ignore The Ignorant' in studios in New York, Chicago and London.

They've teamed up with producers Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lips) and Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies) for their forthcoming album, and say it's been going well.

The band's Ryan Jarman told Rolling Stone: "Recording in Chicago with Steve was a swift, no-messing-about affair. Very rewarding."

Meanwhile Gary Jarman dropped hints that the album is heavier than previous Cribs records

He said: "In addition to playing my usual bass on this record, I have been playing a lot of baritone guitar too. Distorted, it just sounds so dirty and heavy. I think that is a good indicator of how the Chicago sessions shaped up."

The band also recorded at Abbey Road studios in London.

Of the sessions, which coincided with his birthday, Gary said: "Going in to work on your birthday isn't so bad when 'work' is at Abbey Road. We recorded and self-produced a four-song suite here in three days."

The Cribs this week announced three lives dates for 2012, where they're expected to play a batch of new songs.

They'll headline the NME Awards Show at London ULU on February 28.
In addition to that show, they will also play Edinburgh Liquid Room on March 1, and Leeds Metropolitan Uni on March 3.

To check the availability of NME Awards London Shows tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0844 858 6765.

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