The Cribs (album)

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The Cribs
Cribs debut.jpg
Studio album by The Cribs
Released 8 March 2004
Recorded Toerag Studios, London
Genre Indie rock, garage rock, lo-fi
Length 35:40
Label United Kingdom Wichita Recordings
United States Wichita/Worlds Fair
Europe Japan V2
Australia New Zealand Festival Mushroom Records
Producer Ed Deegan, Bobby Conn
The Cribs chronology
The Cribs
The New Fellas
(2005)The New Fellas2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
NME 8/10 stars[2]
Mojo 3.5/5 stars
Tiny Mix Tapes 2/5 stars[3]
Fader (positive)[4]

The Cribs is The Cribs' debut album, released in 2004. It was recorded in 7 days in mid/late 2003 at London's Toe-Rag Studios, a vintage styled 8-track studio in the Hackney area. It was self-produced by the band with Ed Deegan engineering, all except track 9, "Tri'elle", which was culled from the band's original sessions at Fortress Studio with Chicago-based Avant-Garde musician Bobby Conn. In 2005, this record was awarded the prestigious American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) College Award. Previous winners have included Coldplay and Franz Ferdinand.


The band formed in 2001, and for the first few years of their existence they played small gigs in local venues. After being signed by Wichita Recordings, the band released this album in 2004. The majority of the album was recorded at the Toerag Studios in London, and were recorded and produced by Ed Deegan, although the ninth track on the album, "Tri'Elle", was produced by Bobby Conn and engineered by Gareth Parton at Fortress Studios.[5] Conn also provided backing vocals on the track. The album has a mixture of garage rock and indie rock sounds, and features Ryan Jarman on electric guitar and vocals, Gary Jarman on bass guitar and vocals, and Ross Jarman plays the drums. All other instruments on the record are played by the band members.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Watch Trick" - 2:09
  2. "You Were Always The One" - 2:28
  3. "The Lights Went Out' - 2:57
  4. "You & I" - 2:44
  5. "Things You Should Be Knowing" - 2:33
  6. "Another Number" - 2:53
  7. "What About Me" - 3:00
  8. "Learning How To Fight" - 2:41
  9. "Tri'elle" - 2:41
  10. "Baby Don't Sweat" - 2:46
  11. "Direction" - 3:33
  12. "Third Outing" - 5:14