After seeing them play to half-filled rooms for the last three years, it’s nice to see The Cribs selling out two nights on their own. (I’m sure having openers White Rabbits and Ra Ra Riot helped a little.) I haven’t seen them since their last Mercury Lounge gig in November 2005 and am ready for a little Jarman Brothers action. Will Ryan bloody his lip? Will he still be wearing that shirt? Will he chug a beer while playing guitar?
I’m quite anxious to hear the new album, Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever, which they’ve managed to keep a lid on, leak-wise, so I look forward to hearing first Wednesday night. But if you want to hear something now, head over to Drowned in Sound and download their new Cribs-hosted podcast where the band spins a couple songs off the album ("Men’s Needs" and "Our Bovine Public") plus songs by bands influential to their sound, including Comet Gain, Orange Juice, and Huggy Bear.
Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever , produced by Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos and featuring some rather refined artwork, comes out in America on July 17, but will be available digitally May 22, the album’s UK release date. Here are the Cribs’ remaining US tour dates, see ’em if you can:
05/02 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
05/03 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
05/04 – Boston, MA @ Middle East
05/05 – E. Rutherford, NJ @ Bamboozle Festival
And here’s the video for "Men’s Needs":
Top image swiped from The Cribs’ official Flickr page.