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Ryan Jarman at Abbey Road Studios, London, October 2011
|Birth name||Ryan James Jarman|
|Born||20 October 1980|
|Origin||Wakefield, West Yorkshire England|
|Occupations||Singer, Songwriter, Producer|
|Instruments||Guitar, Accordion, Organ, Piano, Violin|
|Years active||2000 - present|
Warner Bros. Records (USA)
|Associated acts||The Cribs
Ryan formed The Cribs in the early 2000s with his twin brother Gary and younger brother Ross. The band are known for their short, punchy tunes with pop riffs and a lo-fi sound – influenced by bands like Huggy Bear, Comet Gain and Beat Happening. The Cribs have released five albums on the Wichita label, the first two being The Cribs (produced by Ed Deegan and Bobby Conn), and The New Fellas (produced by Edwyn Collins, singer in influential indie band Orange Juice).
Their fourth studio album Ignore the Ignorant, released on 7 September 2009 included ex The Smiths guitarist, Johnny Marr; Ignore the Ignorant was produced by Nick Launay in Los Angeles. The Cribs' fifth album, In the Belly of the Brazen Bull produced by Dave Fridmann and Steve Albini was released on 7 May 2012.
The Cribs' released their 6th studio album "Payola" which featured some of their greatest hits and rarities shortly after.
Jarman is known primarily for his repetitive, high pitched and catchy guitar riffs. In a recent poll of The Cribs back catalogue the NME claimed that 'Another Number' was an "early indication of Ryan's status as one of the best – and most underrated – guitarists of his generation"  For Ignore The Ignorant, Ryan and Johnny Marr would refer to each other as "axe-bro's", as Johnny told Total Guitar in October 2010: "We're very deliberate about being a twin guitar assault, Ryan is a busy player and I am too, so we both fizz and whoever comes to the top is backed up. Ryan is one of the best guitarists to come out of British pop culture. He's in an elite handful of people doing innovative, unexpected things".
Up until The Cribs' third album, Jarman played Fender Mustang guitars. He discovered the Gibson ES-335 in recording "Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever," and took to using it almost exclusively live afterwards. He now uses a Squier Venus for his Cribs work, and an Epiphone Coronet for his side project. He has also been seen using a vintage Mosrite Ventures, and a Pawn Shop series Fender Mustang in 'Lake Placid' blue. Aswell as a Sonic Blue Fender Mustang with a black hotrails pickup.
Although sparingly spotted with Vox amplifiers in the early days of The Cribs, Jarman has almost always played through Orange amps. Jarman has been quoted as saying that, out of habit, he runs both an AD30 combo and head at the same time with the combo on top of an Orange cabinet and the head hidden out of view . In situations where taking both would be impractical, he uses just the AD30HTC head and matching cabinet. As of 2012, Jarman has started using a Green Matamp head alongside the Orange head. For effects, his regular pedals are the Fulltone OCD and the Ibanez Tube Screamer, which was his pedal of choice until 2008. Primarily using just distortion, Jarman has however recently started using an Electro Harmonix Poly-Chorus regularly both live and in the studio. Jarman also claims to use the thickest possible strings, both for tonal reasons and to minimise any string bend, giving his playing a more robotic feel. Rotosound custom make his own gauge for him.
As well as producing/co-producing many tracks with The Cribs, Ryan has also produced records by various other bands. From Springtime Studios, which Jarman set up with his brothers in Wakefield in 2002, he engineered and worked with various local bands as well as numerous records for Leeds based noise label Squirrel Records. In 2010, he produced the Comet Gain album Howl of the Lonely Crowd. More recently, he has produced tracks for Frankie & The Heartstrings, Kate Nash and has produced the debut record by This Many Boyfriends.
At the 2006 NME Awards, Jarman was seriously injured when he collected an award on behalf of Franz Ferdinand. In his haste to accept it, he jumped across the Kaiser Chiefs' table, breaking a large jar containing 'Flying Saucer' sweets and stabbing himself in the back on one of the shards. He spent 4 hours in hospital receiving 15 stitches before returning to party at the awards, where he went missing, only to be found by Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe bleeding heavily. Another ambulance was called and he returned to hospital, where he received both external and internal stitches to repair a rip to the membrane around the kidney that the first surgeon had missed and then discharged the next morning.
- ASCAP: American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
- Total Guitar magazine, October 2010, interviewed by Henry Yates
- YouTube - The Cribs singer Ryan Jarman @ the NME awards