This Cribs article was written by Simon Bull, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse
In support of their sixth album ‘For All My Sisters,’ The Cribs have embarked on arguably their biggest tour, venue wise, to date. The biggest of those being Camden’s Roundhouse and, to quote Gary on the night, “I think we’ve played every venue in Camden now”.
With six albums worth of material now at their disposal, a Cribs gig is pretty much a hit-laden set and tends to be one or two songs different every night, so you’re never 100% sure what you’ll get.
Opening with ‘Ancient History’, the already hyped up crowd then got their first chance to sing along with ‘I’m A Realist’, which in turn was followed by ‘Different Angle’, the second single released from ‘FAMS’.
As with most Cribs gigs, they like to throw in a few songs that haven’t had a live airing for a while, or ever, in fact; and tonight we were treated to ‘Women’s Needs’, ‘We Were Aborted’ and the incredibly rare ‘Cowlily’, only released as a pre-order exclusive track to ‘FAMS’ and making it’s live debut on this tour. There was also a rare acoustic moment when Ryan sang ‘Shoot The Poets’ from 2007’s ‘Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever’ album
The Cribs rattled through a 21 song set of old and new materiel with minimal talking in between songs, only taking time to tell a couple of anecdotes about how ‘Hey Scenesters!’ was written in, and about Camden itself and how playing ‘Another Number’ at Camden’s Barfly in 2002 was the song that got them signed, which gave the crowd plenty of time to crowd surf and get hoisted onto each others shoulders.
As with the shows they’ve been playing on the festival circuit this year, they ended the set with ‘Pink Snow’, which unlike their festival appearances, culminated with two confetti cannons covering the crowd in pink ticker tape.
As Ryan said “There won’t be an encore” and with the sound of Angry Anderson’s ‘Suddenly’ echoing around the Roundhouse, the Jarman brothers were done.