The Cribs: ‘We’ve been waiting for the corporate indie ship to sink’

Band rail against outsider status ahead of release of new album 'In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull'

The Cribs have explained the near three-year wait for their new album ‘In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull’, claiming they were waiting for a generation of ‘corporate indie’ bands to “sink”.

The Wakefield trio told NME their time away from the spotlight allowed them to “cleanse the palette” after they became frustrated with their status as “outsiders” or “underachievers”.

Since the release of their fourth album, 2009’s ‘Ignore The Ignorant’, the band parted ways with Johnny Marr after a four-year period with the legendary Smiths guitarist. Frontman Ryan Jarman also recently told NME he had been battling an unspecified psychological illness after splitting from his long-term girlfriend Kate Nash.

Now speaking ahead of the May 7 release of ‘In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull’, guitarist Gary Jarman has said the trio are keen to keep building and progressing as a band.

“We were just waiting for the [corporate indie] ship to sink,” he said. “There was a period of time where there were so many bands, it was difficult for us to keep out of the regular channels. We were always seen as the outsiders, the band who were underrated or whatever. Underrated compared to bands who started out specifically with a corporate agenda?”

Jarman continued:

All my favourite bands were never involved in all that stuff. They had this similar approach to what we adopted, all about building and having the ability to keep progressing and doing what you want.

His comments come five years after the band’s 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 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.

To watch an exclusive NME video interview with the band from last year’s Latitude festival, scroll down and click below.