The Cribs’ Ryan Jarman: ‘Our last record sounded too clean’

But frontman says they're back to their roots with new LP 'In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull'

The Cribs‘ Ryan Jarman has admitted that the band’s 2009 LP ‘Ignore The Ignorant’ was “a little too clean”.

The Wakefield trio released their new album ‘In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull’ earlier this month (May 7) and, in an interview with Drowned In Sound, the frontman said he felt it had a rawer, more organic sound that its predecessor lacked.

“The last record, as much as I enjoyed making it at the time, is a little too clean for my taste, or what I would listen to,” he said. “With this record we definitely wanted to go back to a more organic approach. For us, the main thing was making sure all the songs were completely finished, totally rehearsed in the rehearsal room before we went in the studio so that we could spend less time in the studio.”

The singer also revealed that the band had songs leftover from recording sessions with producer Steve Albini that felt like “the germination of a new album”. When asked if they were already aiming to start work on a new record, he replied:

Yeah, we’re still writing little bits and pieces at the minute. I can never say definitively whether we’re going to go straight in and make another one but we’re still in that mode at the moment.

Last month (April 27), Jarman told NME ‘In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull’ would offer an alternative to the commercial “pop hell” dominating the British charts at present. His comments came after his brother and bandmate Gary had revealed that the trio had been waiting for the commercial indie ship to “sink” before releasing the LP.

The Cribs are set to play an intimate hometown show at Wakefield’s Theatre Royal on May 16 as part of JD Roots, who have partnered with NME to support local music and search for Britain’s Best Small Venue – a title which was won by Tunbridge Wells Forum earlier this week (May 8). To celebrate, Enter Shikari will headline Tunbridge Wells Forum for a special one-off show, playing the 250-capacity venue on June 5. Details on how to secure tickets for this show will be revealed in the coming weeks.

To read a new interview with Enter Shikari and to find out more about Tunbridge Wells Forum’s triumph, pick up the new issue of NME which is on UK newsstands tomorrow now and available digitally.