THE CRIBS Release New Digital EP With Exclusive Remix by The Postal Service; Letterman Date Confirmed; Ex-Smiths' Legend Johnny Marr to Work With THE CRIBS; New 7"-Vinyl Single Available on Tour Only
BURBANK, CA–(Marketwire – February 21, 2008) – Yorkshire punk-rock upstarts, THE CRIBS, will descend upon the U.S. yet again next month in support of their Warner Bros. Records album debut, "MEN'S NEEDS, WOMEN'S NEEDS, WHATEVER" as well as a brand new digital EP. On February 26th, a new, exclusive five-track digital EP will become available for purchase through iTunes. It will include the original album version of "I'm a Realist," as well as a new version of the track remixed by the band's friends The Postal Service. Two new recordings — "Don't You Wanna Be Relevant" and "Kind Words From the Broken Hearted" – – have been unavailable in the U.S. until now. The fifth track is a live video for "Our Bovine Public" taken from the album. On March 4th, the EP will be made available to a wider audience through all participating digital retail outlets.
At the beginning of the tour, The Cribs will make a stop in Austin, Texas to perform shows at the annual SXSW Music and Film conference. The band will perform twice on Friday, March 14th, at the Village Voice/New Times/Dallas Observer show at La Zona Rosa with The Black Keys (daytime) and again that night at Stubbs. Immediately following SXSW, The Cribs will head to New York City to perform live on "The Late Show with David Letterman" for the first time on March 18, 2008.
As reported in the U.K. press, The Cribs have begun recording new, collaborative material with former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr in Manchester. Bassist Gary Jarman and Marr, both currently residing in Portland, OR, met at a party, became fast friends and ultimately decided to write, record and perform together. Thus far the sessions have yielded so many songs that it has yet to be decided whether the recordings will result in an EP or a full album. Jarman described working with Marr as a "dream" and revealed that the possibility of Marr taking a break from playing with Modest Mouse and joining The Cribs as a fourth member could become a reality. "It's been going well," Jarman says. "It's great to have a new member, especially when the new member is your favorite guitarist."
During a February 2nd show at the Manchester Academy, Marr joined The Cribs onstage for two songs: The Smiths' classic "Panic" and "I'm a Realist" — the current single from The Cribs' album "MEN'S NEEDS, WOMEN'S NEEDS, WHATEVER." No word at this time whether Marr will join The Cribs on their upcoming U.S. tour.
In other news, collectors and vinyl enthusiasts will be pleased to learn that a special limited-edition, one-time only pressing of "I'm A Realist" (album version) b/w "I'm A Realist" (The Postal Service Remix) will be made available for purchase exclusively at the band's U.S. shows. This is a tour-only item and will not be sold anywhere else at any other time. Arrive early or start checking eBay after March 8th. The Cribs' U.S. tour dates are as follows:
Sat March 8 Mexico City, MX Beat Festival
Tues March 11 Houston, TX The Engine Room
Wed March 12 Dallas, TX The Loft
Thurs March 13 Austin, TX SXSW
Fri March 14 Austin, TX SXSW
Sat March 15 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks
Mon March 17 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club
Wed March 19 Washington, DC Black Cat
Thurs March 20 Brooklyn, NY Williamsburg Hall
Fri March 21 Boston, MA Paradise
Sat March 22 Philadelphia, PA North Star
Sun March 23 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
Tues March 25 Chicago, IL Double Door
Wed March 26 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre
Fri March 28 Denver, CO Bluebird
Mon March 31 Seattle, WA Chop Suey
Wed April 2 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
Thurs April 3 San Francisco, CA Pop Scene
Fri April 4 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
Finally, The Cribs have scored four NME Award nominations in the UK, including "Best British Band," "Best Live Act," "Track of The Year: Men's Needs," and "Hero of The Year: Ryan Jarman." The Cribs will play the NME Awards show on February 28th at the 02 Arena in London along with Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party, Manic Street Preachers, and the Klaxons. For details, please visit http://www.nme.com. Until then, see you at SXSW!