TRAMLINES: Cribs ready to rock in Sheffield

The Cribs headline Tramlines tomorrow.
The Cribs headline Tramlines tomorrow.

Yorkshire’s very own The Cribs are tipped to be one of the highlights of Tramlines this year.

The three brothers – twins Gary and Ryan Jarman and younger brother Ross – headline Devonshire Green on the last night, tomorrow.

And bassist Gary, who shares vocalist duties with guitarist Ryan while Ross plays the drums, is looking forward to an almost-homecoming gig for the Wakefield trio.

“We did a lot of early gigs in Sheffield,” he says. “It’s really cool for us to play a Sheffield festival. We were always in Sheffield when we were starting out. People seemed to like us.

“We played the Casbah, National Centre for Pop Music, Club Zero, Fuzz Club and more. It just seems really nice, 12 years after we started, doing local shows, to come back.

“It’s good to back on the road for the first time in a few months, because we’ve been in the studio. We’re in the process of writing a record.”

The new studio album will be the bands seventh, after a string of hits including 2009’s Ignore the Ignorant, which reached number eight in the album charts and 2012’s In the Belly of the Brazen Bull, which reached number nine.

However, fans may have to wait a while to hear some of the new songs, with Gary feeling festivals are not the setting to unleash new tracks.

He says: “Festivals are not the right place to do that. When you write new stuff, you’re very precious about it. You’re concerned how people will react to it. At festivals, it may fall a bit flat, which is really disappointing.

“Festivals are always greatest hit sets, because that’s what people want – and that’s difficult for us.

“We want to make sure that people have a good time, but there’s always going to be more hardcore fans there and they often want to hear rarer or more obscure stuff. We’re always trying to balance that.”

But he said the band were ‘honoured’ to be asked to headline the event and close the main stage on the last night.

“It’s amazing and we’re honoured to do that,” says Gary.

“We try to play every gig like it’s going to be our last show. At festivals, you want to make sure people who haven’t seen you before remember you. That’s why a lot of times you go for the greatest hits show. We have had our best gigs in Sheffield and it’s for that reason we are looking for it.”