On Friday night The Cribs brought their live show to Portsmouth’s Pyramids. Fellow bands Esper Scout and The Wytches joined them on the bill for the final show of their 2015 UK tour.
Unfortunately due to transport issues I arrived just after Esper Scout had opened the show to the Portsmouth crowd. The setup looked and sounded great as The Wytches took the stage in front of a half full crowd of 30 somethings.
The Wytches, a young 3 piece formed in 2011 in Brighton raised the temperature and filled the room with their raucous swirling sound. Comparisons with Nirvana were not unfounded with echoes of their Bleach album in Kristian Bell’s vocals and guitar. The young yet talented trio played tracks including “Wire Frame Mattress” from their 2014 debut album “Annabel Dream Reader” with huge energy, before thanking The Cribs for all their support on the tour.
The Cribs paid homage to their love of the 80’s and entered to Alessi’s 1984 hit Savin’ The Day taken from the Ghostbusters the movie. The Yorkshire band whose current line-up consists of brothers Gary, Ryan and Ross Jarman were joined onstage by Nine Black Alps guitarist David Jones.
After opening with “Ancient History” and “I am a realist” from their 2007 album “Men’s needs, Women’s needs, Whatever” The Cribs then launched into “Different Angle”. Taken from their latest album “For All My Sisters” this track showed their versatility as musicians with a hooky riff and more pop sound. The now three quarters full crowd responded well to the newer material.
The atmosphere in the room rose once again as vocalist/guitarist Ryan Jarman burst into “Come On, Be a No-One” from the 2012 album “In The Belly of The Brazen Bull”. The atmosphere peaked and a mosh pit formed at the front of the Pyramids stage. The band then went straight into the first song they ever wrote and played together “We Were Aborted”, the raw energy of the song reflected by the crowd’s reaction.
After playing through some of their rarer back catalogue The Cribs returned to the latest album with “Summer of Chances” the video for which was shot in Japan.
In their own words:
“Japan was one of the first countries to really embrace and understand The Cribs, and so it has always been a very important and special place to us. We love to visit and to play shows there, and the fans have always been so thoughtful and dedicated that we wanted to feature some of them in the video. It was also an opportunity to work with the artist Hiromix, who directed this video. She is a good friend of ours and long-time Cribs supporter, so it was a great honour to get to work together. We shot the karaoke video, sent it over to her, and let her do the rest!”
The Cribs announced this gig was the last night of their tour and they had nothing else booked ever! From the crowd response I think it’s only a matter of time before they return with more shows. Finding a lost driving licence on the stage Gary Jarman broke into a short solo rendition of The Beatles “Drive My Car” before leaving the stage for brothers Ross and Ryan to perform an acoustic version of “Shoot The Poets”. This track again highlighted the range of the band and brought the crowd down to a sing-along from the previous high energy tracks.
The full group rejoined the stage and went on to raise the roof again with big hitters including “Hey Scenesters”, “Our Bovine Public”, “Mirror Kissers” and “Men’s Need’s” much to the appreciation of the crowd, before closing the show with their final track, the 7 minute “Pink Snow” taken from the latest album.
The appreciative audience piled out of the Pyramids main room to another 80’s backing track, this time Angry Anderson’s “Suddenly”, that’s one way to clear the room.
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