The Cribs' Ryan Jarman: 'UK music's in pop hell - but we're back to take on the mainstream'

Frontman says band want to be 'counter-culture alternative' to current state of the charts

The Cribs' Ryan Jarman: 'UK music's in pop hell - but we're back to take on the mainstream'

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The Cribs have said their new album 'In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull' will offer an alternative to the commercial "pop hell" dominating the British charts at present.

After his brother and bandmate Gary told NME that the Wakefield trio were waiting for the commercial indie ship to "sink" before releasing more material, frontman Ryan has now said the current state of the charts has given them a reason to return three years after their last album, 'Ignore The Ignorant'.

Ryan told NME: "We didn't want to do [a new album] while guitar bands were still in vogue because it felt like we always go lumped in with a scene that we didn't feel represented us. I don't like being represented by other bands."

But, he added, now the tide has turned towards pop music, The Cribs are ready to take on the pop mainstream:

Now, we're in pop hell. The pendulum has swung back to dance music and commercial pop. You can't avoid it. When you watch TV there's pop stars on adverts and TV shows – it's everywhere. So maybe people will see us now as a counter-cultural band – we want to take on the mainstream.


Since the release of 'Ignore The Ignorant', the band parted ways with Johnny Marr after a four-year period with the Smiths guitarist.

Ryan and Gary's comments come five years after the their infamous remarks about the commercialisation of indie being a bigger problem than environmental issues. "They want us to speak out about global warming but the biggest problem is the attitude of some indie bands. Isn't that a bigger problem?" Ryan said from the stage at Glastonbury in 2007.

The band are due to play a UK tour in support of their new album next month, kicking off at Nottingham Rock City on May 7, the same day 'In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull' is released.

The Cribs are also among the bands playing an intimate hometown show as part of JD Roots, who have partnered with NME to support local music and search for Britain's Best Small Venue. The band will play Wakefield's Theatre Royal on May 16, with The Horrors returning to Southend Chinnerys on May 9 and Scottish rockers Twin Atlantic playing Glasgow's King Tut's on May 3.

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