Gary Jarman

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Gary Jarman
The Cribs - Gary Jarman - Abbey Road.jpg
Gary Jarman at Abbey Road Studios, London, October 2011
Background information
Birth name Gary John Jarman
Born (1980-10-20) 20 October 1980 (age 35)
Origin Wakefield, West Yorkshire England
Genres Indie rock
Power pop
Punk rock
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, songwriter
Instruments Bass, vocals, guitar, piano, organ, violin, drums
Years active 2000 - Present


Warner Bros. Records (USA)
Universal Records(Philippines)
Associated acts The Cribs, Franz Ferdinand, All Smiles, The Research
Notable instruments
Fender Precision Bass
Fender Mustang Bass

Gary John Jarman[1] (born 20 October 1980) is a British multi-instrumentalist, best known for being bassist and singer in the Wakefield music group The Cribs.

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 criticizing 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"[2]

In 2010 he contributed his bass playing as part of ex- Grandaddy guitarist Jim Fairchild's new project All Smiles, appearing on the album "Staylow and Mighty".[3]

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 dropped-out of the course. They said that their student loan from the college was used to buy their younger brother Ross Jarman a drumkit.[4][5][6]

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."

In 2014, Jarman was named one of the "Greatest Bass Players of All-Time" by NME Magazine and its readers. [7]

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.


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ [2] Archived 6 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Cut of the Day: "Captives," All Smiles". Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  4. ^ "Brothers from the the charts". Yorkshire Evening Post. 2005-12-07. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  5. ^ Tim Jonze. "The Cribs' Ryan Jarman: 'This is the only job I can do ... McDonald's wouldn't employ me' | Music". Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  6. ^ "The Cribs interview Toazted 2004". YouTube. 2012-08-07. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  7. ^