Gary Jarman at Abbey Road Studios, London, October 2011
|Birth name||Gary John Jarman|
|Born||20 October 1980|
|Origin||Wakefield, West Yorkshire England|
|Occupations||Musician, singer, songwriter|
|Instruments||Bass, vocals, guitar, piano, organ, violin, drums|
|Years active||2000 - Present|
Warner Bros. Records (USA)
|Associated acts||The Cribs, Franz Ferdinand, All Smiles, The Research|
|Fender Precision Bass
Fender Mustang Bass
The band consists of his twin brother Ryan and his younger brother Ross. Gary is the most political member of The Cribs, and can regularly be heard in interviews railing against inequality and misogyny in the music industry. This could be attributed to the fact that he spent a few years prior to the band's success participating as part of the committee that put on the UK's first "Ladyfest" in London, and also numerous fundraisers around this time.
He has also been seen with various other bands, such as Quasi in which his wife Joanna Bolme plays bass, Comet Gain, and Jeffrey Lewis - guesting as a drummer all times. In 2008 he recorded vocals for a track called "I Would Like to be Forgiven" by fellow Wakefield band The Research and appeared in the music video for Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks' song Gardenia.
In 2009, on very short notice, he played bass with Franz Ferdinand during two of their shows supporting Green Day when bassist Bob Hardy forgot about a wedding he had been invited to. Later that year he guested on Guided By Voices frontman Robert Pollard's new band Boston Spaceships album "The Planets Are Blasted"
His first job was working in a vet's practice, however he found the emotional strain too much, and soon realised that he was not destined to administer to animals for a living. His next job was working in a toilet paper and serviette factory where he claims that along with his brothers "We were the sole manufacturers of napkins in the UK.". Gary also spent a year at Leeds College of Music with his brother Ryan Jarman, before both of them failed the course. They said that their student loan from the college was used to buy their younger brother Ross Jarman a drumkit.
Gary also revealed recently that he learnt to play the violin and read music at school because he "liked understanding something that kept me separate, distinct.” In the past he has been prone to melancholy."
Gary endorses Fender basses, of which he prefers the Precision and Mustang, and Ampeg bass amplifiers, using valve Classics and Vintage, as well as the solid-state SVT 350, through classic 8x10 cabinets.
At Glastonbury 2007 Jarman declared; "The mainstream attitude of indie bands today is a bigger problem than global warming", a quote which led to a lengthy interview in the NME.
- ASCAP: American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers