24-7 ROCK STAR SHIT SONIC BLUE, OUT 11 AUGUST Wakefield indie-rock trio’s collaboration with Steve Albini.
Following their union with Johnny Marr, The Cribs were scheduled to release a pop album and a punk one, in rapid succession. Produced by Cars leader Ric ocasek, 2015’ s relatively slick For All My Sisters went Top 10, but the punk half of the bargain faltered when some 2011 sessions with Nirvana producer Steve Albini were held over. Even so, the sense of unfinished mission lingered and last year, the Jarman brothers returned to Albini’s Chicago lair, recorded a clutch of new songs, resurrected three from 2011 and, voilà, 24-7 Rock Star Shit. Despite the gentle, plaintive Sticks Not Twigs and the lugubrious Dead At The Wheel, it’s Albini in excelsis: a super-fast, superloud cathartic howl, but this being The Cribs, it’s leavened by their trademark way with a manly melody.
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