The Cribs are an English 4-piece indie rock band from Wakefield, West Yorkshire. The band consist of twins Gary and Ryan Jarman and their younger brother Ross Jarman. Recently they have been joined by ex-The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr who has been made a formal member of the group since 2008. The band, who first became active on the concert circuit in 2002, were initially tied to other like-minded UK bands of that time, most notably The Libertines, by a British music press that were looking for a 'British rearguard' to the wave of popular US indie rock bands of the time. Along with the aforementioned The Libertines, The Cribs are seen as highly influential on the current wave of British Indie bands.
 Live performances
Known for their raucous, unpredictable live shows the band have built-up a fanatical following due to a heavy touring schedule since the release of the first record. Their DIY ethic also led to them touring independently, when they were supposed to be off the road writing. Although this contributed to the bands success, and much larger venues, the band have always claimed to be more at home doing things in that way. On their first tour back after recording the third record in early 2007 the band returned to their roots and held some gigs in very small, intimate venues, including a show in their hometown at the Wakefield Escobar and another at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds (a venue they used to play at when they first started out). In June, they returned to Leeds at the climax of their full-size UK tour with two consecutive sold out nights at the University Refectory (the first band to do this since Ian Dury and the Blockheads 30 years ago). They subsequently came back and accomplished the same feat in 2008, after the show being presented with an award by the University for being the first band in its history to have '2 consecutive years of 2 consecutive nights of sell-out shows at Leeds University Refectory'. In 2007 the band spoke out against the mainstreaming of Indie in the NME. In November 2007, they were invited by The Sex Pistols to support them for 3 nights at the Brixton Academy to mark the 30th anniversary of their Never Mind The Bollocks album. These shows held many potential problems for a band playing in front of an incredibly partisan audience, but The Cribs proved their mettle, sticking to their guns by fearlessly chastising the crowd for being 'part-time punks', and lamenting that "If this is what punk-rock means today then you should all be ashamed". In 2008, The Cribs headlined the Radio1/NME stage at the Leeds Festival, and the Reading Festival.
In 2007 Lee Ranaldo from Sonic Youth collaborated with the band on their third album. The track "Be Safe" is a Ranaldo spoken word piece performed by the artist, and backed with The Cribs' music. They have a history of collaborations with artists such as Edwyn Collins (Orange Juice), Jon Slade (Huggy Bear, Comet Gain), Bobby Conn (Bobby Conn and The Glass Gypsies), Bernard Butler (Suede, McAlmont and Butler), Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse) and the aforementioned Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) and Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand). The band are currently collaborating with Johnny Marr (The Smiths) who has recently confirmed himself as a full time member of the band.
- The Cribs (2004) Wichita
- The New Fellas (2005) UK #78 Wichita
- Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever (2007) UK #13 Wichita (Silver)
Showing UK chart positions
- "Jen Schande Split Single" (2003) Squirrel Number 3
- "Baby Don't Sweat" (2003) The Cribs'
- "You Were Always the One" (2004) The Cribs UK #66
- "What About Me" (2004) The Cribs UK #75
- "Hey Scenesters!" (2005) The New Fellas UK #27
- "Mirror Kissers" (2005) The New Fellas UK #27
- "Martell" (2005) The New Fellas UK #39
- "You're Gonna Lose Us" (2005) Non-album UK #30
- "Men's Needs" (2007) Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever UK #17
- "Moving Pictures" (2007) Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever UK #38
- "Don't You Wanna Be Relevant? / Our Bovine Public" (2007) Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever
- "I'm a Realist" (2008) Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever (None Chart Eligible release)