Ryan Jarman

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Ryan Jarman
The Cribs - Ryan Jarman - Abbey Road.jpg
Ryan Jarman at Abbey Road Studios, London, October 2011
Background information
Birth name Ryan James Jarman
Born (1980-10-20) 20 October 1980 (age 36)
Origin Wakefield, West Yorkshire England
Genres Indie rock, power pop, punk rock, lo-fi
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter, Producer
Instruments Guitar, Accordion, Organ, Piano, Violin
Years active 2000-present


Warner Bros. Records (USA)
Universal Records(Philippines)
Sony Music Entertainment
Cult Records
Associated acts The Cribs
Exclamation Pony
Website Official Website
Notable instruments
Fender Mustang
Epiphone Coronet
Gibson ES-335
Fender Jaguar
Squier Venus
Squier Ryan Jarman's Signature Series

Ryan James Jarman[1] (born 20 October 1980 in Wakefield, United Kingdom) is the guitarist and vocalist with English lo-fi indie rock band The Cribs. Jarman now resides in Brooklyn, New York.

The Cribs[edit]

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 six 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).

The Cribs' third album, Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever was released on 21 May 2007; the record was produced by Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand.

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' later released compilation album "Payola" which featured some of their greatest hits and rarities shortly after.

Their sixth studio album, 'For All My Sisters', was released on 23rd of March 2015.

Playing style[edit]

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" [2] 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".[3]


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 (well known as Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Special) in 'Lake Placid' blue as well as a Sonic Blue Fender Mustang with a black hotrails pickup.

Now Ryan Jarman play with his own signature guitar from Squier. He combined his favorites offset guitars model that based from Fender Mustang and Fender Jaguar body shape, looks like an opposite model from Kurt Cobain's signature guitar, Fender Jag Stang. His signature guitar included Duncan Designed single-coil Jaguar® neck pickup and an output humbucking bridge pickup, blended with master volume and tone controls along with phase and on/off switches for each pickup, and a toggle killswitch. A vintage-style Jazzmaster bridge, large ‘60s-style headstock and metal control plate offer vintage looks and practical usage.

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.[4] 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.

Professional History[edit]

Jarman has made some memorable TV appearances, including music panel show Never Mind The Buzzcocks, where he took credit for inspiring Live 8, by texting Bob Geldof and suggesting a Live Aid 2.

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.[5] He spent 4 hours in hospital receiving 15 stitches before returning to party at the awards. He subsequently went missing and was found in a hallway by Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe. Jarman was bleeding profusely and another ambulance was called to return him to hospital. He received both external and internal stitches to repair a rip to the membrane around the kidney that the first surgeon had missed. Jarman was discharged the next morning.

Personal life[edit]

Jarman was in a four-year relationship with Kate Nash, however it was announced in 2012 that the pair had split.[6]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "NME Music Blogs". Nme.Com. 2014-07-30. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  3. ^ Total Guitar magazine, October 2010, interviewed by Henry Yates
  4. ^ "Videos featuring premier content from the guitar world - GuitarPlayer.com". Guitarplayertv.com. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  5. ^ "YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  6. ^ http://www.nme.com/news/the-cribs/62717