The Cribs reveal Ric Ocasek of The Cars will produce their new album

The Jarmans say the album's first single will be "a big, fuzzy pop song"

The Cribs have revealed that Ric Ocasek of 1980s new wave pop band The Cars will produce their new album.

Speaking to NME, Ryan Jarman discussed Ocasek, who also produced Weezer. “He doesn’t do records like a gun for hire; he chooses a band. We’ve been trying to get him since the third record, now he thinks we’re definitely good enough.”

Speaking further about the band’s next LP, Gary Jarman added: “We’ve got enough songs for it, we’re just finalising things: we’ll record in October. It’s influenced by all the stuff we’ve been listening to – The Replacements and 80s pop basically.”

On future singles, he went on to say that the first will be a ‘fuzzy pop song’. He explained: “The one we’ve earmarked for the first single is the first song we wrote for the album, which never happens. It’s a big, fuzzy pop song. We call it ‘the geek rock one’.” Read more about The Cribs’ new material in next week’s NME (out August 6).

The Cribs are set to play a special under 18s show as part of Long Division Festival later this year. The festival takes place in the band’s hometown of Wakefield over the weekend of September 12-14 at various venues. The under 18s matinee show will take place at Unity Works ahead of the band’s headlining show at Unity Hall on September 12. Over 18s will only be admitted to the show in the company of an under 18 and under 14s must be accompanied by an adult. Stage time for The Cribs is 5pm. For more information on the show click here.

Also playing this year’s Long Division Festival are The Wedding Present, Gruff Rhys, Toy, Summer Camp, Roddy Woomble, iLiKETRAiNS, Frankie And The Heartstrings, The Membranes, Beans on Toast, Candy Says, Post War Glamour Girls, Bleech, Islet and more.

To check the availability of Long Division Festival tickets and get all the latest listings, head to NME.COM/tickets.