With their brand new album ‘Night Network’ set for release on 13th November, The Cribs are sharing their latest single ‘I Don’t Know Who I Am’.
Also featuring Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo - who teamed up with The Cribs for their remotely made one-off ‘Be Safe’ video earlier this year - the band say of the new track, “‘I Don’t Know Who I Am’ (although ultimately quite different) came together in much the same way as ‘Be Safe’ did back in 2006 - we had a recording of a long, improvised noise-jam which we then tried to refine into a more cohesive song structure. Due to the similarities in the writing process, it made us think of Lee again…we had initially requested that he play noise guitar over the track, because we wanted to keep it somewhat abstract and create the impression of the melodies just kind of emerging out of the static…but he went beyond the call of duty and also added some beautiful vocal harmonies too, out at the Sonic Youth studio in New Jersey. Working with Lee on ‘Be Safe’ was without question one of the highlights of our career as a band, and we think that ‘I Don’t Know Who I Am’ is a worthy follow up collaboration. We are very proud of how it turned out. Lyrically, the song addresses the disconnect that Ryan and myself have always had with our biological paternal lineage - and how that may have shaped our views on masculinity, gender roles, and the men we ultimately grew up to be.”
Alongside the new song, the group have also confirmed that they’ll be performing some UK instores! “To celebrate the release of ‘Night Network’, we are excited to announce a run of intimate instore shows in support of independent record stores around the UK!” They explain. “Obviously, due to the ever-changing climate we are aware of the fact that these shows may not be able to happen during release week…but one way or another, we 100% guarantee (swear to God, brothers/sisters…) that we will make these shows happen at the earliest possible opportunity, and we will sing and dance and be happy together, whilst supporting our favourite record stores. You have our word.”
Check out ‘I Don’t Know Who I Am’ and the list of instore dates below.
See The Cribs live at the following dates.
12 – Banquet Records – KINGSTON (full band set)
14 – Action Records (show at Blitz) – Preston (acoustic set)
15 – Crash Records (show at the Brudenell) – LEEDS (acoustic set)
16 – Bear Tree Records (show at the Foundry) – SHEFFIELD (acoustic set)
It’s the third preview of debut album ‘Makes Me Sick Makes Me Smile’, due this month.
It comes alongside the news that they’ve signed to Dead Oceans.
The trio’s last album came in 2017 with ‘After Laughter’.
The “dance banger” track, which appears on imminent new album ‘Hold The Girl’, is described as a “turning point” in the record.