The Cribs: ‘New album sessions with Johnny Marr weren’t working’

Jarman brothers break silence about split with guitarist

The Cribs have explained why guitarist Johnny Marr has left the band after nearly four years in the set-up.

Ryan, Gary and Ross Jarman posted a message on, writing that they had attempted new album sessions with Marr but that the stints “weren’t really working”.

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Marr released one album with the band, 2009’s ‘Ignore The Ignorant’.

“There were definite intentions of continuing on together and making another record,” the three brothers wrote. “We even went into the studio with Edwyn Collins again last spring and started recording some stuff, but it just wasn’t really working.”

They added: “We were all pretty burnt at that point and that is why we decided that after eight years and four records we should take some time off.”

The trio went on to explain that demo sessions they subsequently recorded as a threesome put the idea in their heads that they should revert to their original line-up.

“During that time we all intended on working on other projects,” they wrote. “At some point late last year we just casually got together out in Portland as a three-piece and it was so much fun. Johnny had started working on a solo record in the time off, and it just seemed like the right time to go our separate ways.”

They added: “We have a bunch of new songs and are embracing the lo-fi again. It never was about fancy studios and LA and all that. We are back in our usual environment and feeling good about it. We’ve got everything we need.”

The band are set to knuckle down on their fourth album after their summer festival appearances.