THE CRIBS The New Fellas Wichita(2005)
The Cribs are a self confessed hard working band, whilst such bands as
‘Razorlight’ have record contracts and sold out gigs handed to them over
night, The Cribs have slogged the way to where they are today although they
are frequently hailed as newcomers-they appeared on the NME New Music Tour
twice and supported the Kaiser Chiefs on their sold out UK tour. This leads
to the conclusion that the album title ‘The New Fellas’ is slightly laced
The album opens with the energy induced single ‘Hey Scenesters!’ the
perfect opening track to the three piece’s second indie pop album, it instantly
introduces the Cribs ethos and general attitude-cynical lyrics containing
hard to face up to home truths.
The track ‘Martell’ is strong and reflects that the Cribs were kids of the Brit pop era, it provides a track that
Damon Albarn would be proud to call his own. Whilst boybands have the mandatory
ballad on their albums, indie bands always have the 'take it down a notch'
album track filled with lost notions - ‘It Was Only Love’ fills this space
and presents a surprising turn in the album, it is musically lazy yet thought
provoking culminating in a rhythmic song that never peaks and sticks to its
The following song sharing the same name as the album displays music
and guitars that the Strokes would gladly sample and result in Julian
Casablanca to quake in his Converse.
‘The New Fellas’ confirms the Cribs assent into the wave of bands from the
north, it is clear to see that along with the likes of Maximo Park and the
Kaiser Chiefs, The Cribs are in a league of their own and ‘The New Fellas’
has slowly creeped onto my list of albums I can’t get enough of, with each
song providing a favourite.
Review by Charlie Antczak