For too long, we’ve been forced to read about in underground magazines like Stuff, and perhaps whisper about during secret meetings at Circuit City. But finally, someone has come along and dared to publicly put Men’s Needs on the table. It feels good just to type it. Yes, what about Men’s Needs?!?
Those someones are Wakefield, England’s The Cribs, whose third album, Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever, looks to tear this forbidden subject wide open. Especially the first single which tackles Men’s Needs head-on.
Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos gets his first production credit with Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever and tweaks the Cribs’ sound just enough to make it sound new while still allowing room for the Jarman brothers’ signature Whoa-Ohs and catchy choruses.
And, so what have we learned about Men’s Needs? Not much. I can’t understand the lyrics, apart from the title and the Whoa-ohs. But what singer-guitarist Ryan Jarman really needs is a new shirt so I never have to see him play in that stretchy red-and-white cyclist top ever again.
The Cribs – Men’s Needs (My first "cease-and-desist"!)
Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever is out May 22. The Cribs will play select US dates this spring, including an appearance at Coachella 2007. They always put on a good show — check ’em out.
April 26 The Independent, San Francisco, CA
April 28 Coachella Festival, Indio, CA
April 30 El Macombo Club, Toronto, ONT
May 2 Mercury Lounge, NYC
May 3 Mercury Lounge, NYC
May 4 Middle East, Boston
May 5 Bamboozle Festival, E. Rutherford, NJ