The Cribs’ Ryan Jarman reveals ‘psychological’ illness

Frontman says he's on the road to recovery after tough year

The Cribs‘ Ryan Jarman has revealed that he is on the road to recovery from a “psychological” illness that he says turned his life upside down over the past year.

Although the frontman didn’t say what illness he had been diagnosed with, he told NME that he had received treatment for his condition and also that during this period he split up with his girlfriend, Kate Nash, who he’d been with since 2007.

He explained: “I’ve been living with Ross [Jarman, his brother and the band’s drummer] for the last few months. We’re closer than we’ve ever been. And Gary’s [also brother, bassist/vocalist] been in America so I go out and see him. I felt those guys came through for me.”


Ryan continued:

I was just quite ill last year, during the writing of the record, and it’s cost me a lot. I had real self-loathing issues. Things are getting better…the last couple of years haven’t been easy

The trio have recently just wrapped up a sell-out, small venue tour ahead of the release of their fifth album, ‘In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull’, which is out in May.

But returning to the touring circuit so soon after Ryan’s break-up has made Ross question whether it was the best thing for his brother to do. He also reiterates the band’s new close bond.

He said: “Going back on the road…I don’t necessarily think it’d be a good thing for him (Ryan), mentally. It does concern me. We’re a close band, so I think it’ll be OK.”

To read the full interview with The Cribs, where they also discuss the recording of ‘In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull’, pick up the latest issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands and available digitally now.

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