The Cribs made it big with the indie anthem-packed Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever in 2007. Ten years on, the British rockers are back with the more aggressive 24-7 Rock Star.
Opener Give Good Time instantly signals this shift with grungey guitars lending a fuzzy college rock vibe. Frontman Ryan Jarman’s shouts, alongside chiming pop punk guitar on Year of Hate, gives a nod to US alt-emo band Brand New.
Lead single In Your Palace hints of Weezer, full of addictive raw energy. The closest in sound to Men’s Needs, Dendrophobia amps things up, as Jarman yelps, “We can’t afford each other” amid a whirlwind of string bends and distortion. It sounds like a band on the edge of losing control.
The band mixes it up on the acoustic Sticks Not Twigs, where gentle piano rolls over Jarman’s softer vocals; Dead at the Wheel is similarly reflective. Tracks like Rainbow Ridge and Broken Arrow carry on the same grunge, garage rock vibe that runs throughout.
In summary, it’s lo-fi, but this is The Cribs at their most exciting.