The Cribs began their UK tour in Newcastle last night, playing a career-spanning set that included first-time performances of material from their new album ‘For All My Sisters’.
The band began their set with ‘Ancient History’ and ‘I’m A Realist’, both taken from 2007 album ‘Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever’. Ryan Jarman removed his leather jacket early on to reveal a Venison T-shirt. Venison was the name The Strokes gave themselves when playing a secret London gig in 2010.
“Welcome to our UK tour by the way, and what a rad place to start”, Gary Jarman said before launching into ‘Women’s Needs’.
“This is one from our new record”, Gary added before returning to the microphone to add, “No… wait… this is one from our first record!” The band then shot into ‘You Were Always The One’.
After playing new song ‘Finally Free’, from the group’s 2015 album ‘For All My Sisters’, Ryan said, “That was one we never play. You guys are our guinea pigs. I had a guinea pig once and it was fucking cool… now here’s another one we never play.” The trio then tore into fan-favourite ‘You’re Gonna Lose Us’, a non-album single released back in 2005.
The rarities continued with an acoustic version of ‘For All My Sisters’, a bonus track from the new album. “Anyone want some acoustic? Everyone wants acoustic. You guys are going to have to help me with this one!” Ryan said. When the crowd sang along to the melody, Jarman stepped away from the mic to listen, hands held above his head in appreciation. “That were mint,” he added.
The venue erupted at the start of ‘Hey Scenesters!’, with crowd surfers sent hurling forward, clattering into the back of onlookers’ heads. Mosh pits later opened up during ‘Be Safe’, with the crowd screaming back its larynx-busting chorus at the trio of Jarman brothers.
Moshing continued throughout rowdy renditions of ‘Our Bovine Public’, ‘Mirror Kissers’ and ‘Men’s Needs’. The band thanked the crowd for making it out to see them, before closing with their final song ‘Pink Snow’.
The Cribs will be playing across the UK throughout October, including dates in Liverpool (23), Sheffield (24) and London (28).
The Cribs played:
‘I’m A Realist’
‘Come On, Be A No-One’
‘We Were Aborted’
‘We Share The Same Skies’
‘You Were Always the One’
‘You’re Gonna Lose Us’
‘Shoot The Poets’
‘Burning for No-One’
‘Summer of Chances’
‘Our Bovine Public’
‘Shoot the Poets’