The Cribs and Drenge returned to London last night (February 12) to headline two bustling NME Awards shows with Austin, Texas. Here’s the story of the shows.
Last night (February 12), The Cribs returned to London to headline Electric Ballroom for an NME Awards show with Austin, Texas. Taking to the stage to the Allesi Brothers’ song ‘Savin’ The Day’, as heard on the 1989 Ghostbusters soundtrack, the band began their set with fan favourite ‘Mirror Kissers’.
The gig was mainly used to debut new material from the forthcoming sixth album ‘For All My Sisters’. The band showcased seven new tracks during the set, including ‘Burning For No One’, ‘Mr Wrong’ and ‘Summer Of Chances’.
Singer and guitarist Ryan Jarman encouraged fans to get into the songs they don’t know as much as those they do. “Does anyone want to hear a new song?” he asked at one point. “I hate it when you see a band and they play new songs and nobody moves. Let’s start a moshpit.”
Of the new songs aired, first up was ‘An Ivory Hand’ while Ryan Jarman admitted that he was struggling to remember how to play another new song, ‘Summer Of Chances’. Elsewhere, the guitarist described ‘Pink Snow’ as his “favourite Cribs song.”
The sold-out audience did not go home without having heard a wealth of material from the Wakefield band’s back catalogue, however, with many chanting the riff to ‘Another Number’ before the gig even started. That song figured midway through the setlist with Ryan Jarman stopping to allow the crowd to chant his guitar part for him.
“They say London crowds don’t like to dance but you’re fucking great, Ryan Jarman told the audience as the set came to a close. “Cribs fans are a different breed.” Bassist Gary told fans “We’ll be back really soon. Miss you already” as the band left the stage.
Meanwhile, up the road in Tufnell Park, Sheffield-based Drenge were busy previewing material from their second album ‘Undertow’ and playing their first London show with new bassist Rob Graham.
The trio ripped through an intense 13-song set, which included ‘Running Wild’, ‘Never Awake’ and ‘The Snake’ from their second album, as well as its first single, ‘We Can Do What We Want’.
Brothers Eoin and Rory Loveless declined to talk to the crowd during the evening. However, activity in the audience was hectic from start to finish, with a relentless beer-flinging mosh and circle pit which saw the front of the crowd seated for the finale of ‘Let’s Pretend’ before jumping up for the drop.
The show was the band’s first in the capital since August 2014, and one of the first former Wet Nuns member Rob Graham had played with the group.