If Wakefield’s favourite brotherly unit The Cribs have always had two sides to them - one that dotes on a melody; the other that wants to dive in a mosh pit - then it seems that the Jarmans are fully indebted to the latter option right now.
Following the visceral thrash of recent, limited edition vinyl-run single ‘Year Of Hate’, ‘In Your Palace’ kicks off with a bombastic riff before descending into stormy, broody verse territory. If the fists-aloft chorus sounds classic Cribs, then bassist Gary’s throat-shredding vocals are left gloriously gritty; in the hands of legendary Nirvana producer Steve Albini, the trio have come closer to capturing the magic of their rough’n’raw live show than ever.
For the last 30 seconds, the brothers just pummel the shit out of their instruments - you can basically see guitarist Ryan whacking his guitar against his amp in an end-of-gig finale with every squall.
Gearing up for album seven, don’t expect The Cribs to start mellowing out just yet.
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