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Released: 20th November 2020
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Limited Edition Swimming Pool Blue Vinyl
The Cribs are back and on blistering form, brandishing their brand-new eighth album, ‘Night Network’.
Having released their Steve Albini-engineered album, ‘24-7 Rock Star Shit’ - their fourth consecutive UK Top 10 album - in August 2017, the multiple Q and NME Award-winning band almost immediately parted company with their long time UK management and found themselves stuck in what Gary describes as a “legal morass,” unable to record or release new music, so touring wasn’t an option
either. That meant 18 months of fallow - heart-breaking stuff for a band who’ve known nothing else in their adult lives. “At one point we were actually so disillusioned with what had happened, we didn’t even know if we wanted to get back into the band anymore,” says Ryan.
Fast forward three years and ‘Night Network’ is as fresh, cathartic and vital as anything they’ve ever put out. There’s no weariness, no bitterness, just a clear desire to get back to doing what they do
best - that unique blend of bittersweet melody, brutal lyrical honesty and riffs for days.
The turning point came at the 11th hour, in the late summer of 2018. The Cribs had been invited to
support Foo Fighters at Manchester's Etihad Stadium, in what could very well have been the band's
last hurrah. Enter the brothers’ knight in shining armour, and childhood hero, Dave Grohl. Hanging
out backstage, chatting over a few post-show drinks, The Cribs confided their recent struggles to
their new friend. “Dave was just like, ‘Forget about all that business stuff, just come out to LA and
make a record at our studio’ - Dave made that offer to us,” Ryan recalls.
Their newfound autonomy extended to the recording process itself - this is the first album to be
entirely self-produced by the band. Engineered by James Brown (Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys) and
mixed by frequent Cribs collaborator John O’Mahony (who also worked on ‘Men’s Needs, Women’s
Needs, Whatever’ and ‘For All My Sisters’) the record took shape over two weeks in LA, plus an extra
week of overdubs at Halfling Studios in Portland. Mercifully, it is not a poor-me album about the ills of
the industry. No, they deal with that on the first track, a slice of surf-ready sunshine pop with
gorgeous harmonies called ‘Goodbye’. “That was our way of saying ‘goodbye’ to that period of our
lives. Let’s move on,” says Ross.