Legend Johnny Marr to Work With THE CRIBS; New 7″-Vinyl

SOURCE: Warner Bros. Records


Feb 21, 2008 09:00 ET

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!

Warner Bros. Records to Release Two Brand-New Tracks From Built to Spill


Warner Bros. Records to Release Two Brand-New Tracks From Built to Spill on July 10, 2007

Boise, Idaho Quintet on Tour in the U.S. Through September

BURBANK, CA–(Marketwire – June 28, 2007) – Warner Bros. Records will release two reggae-flavored tracks — a brand-new song titled "They Got Away" and a cover of The Gladiators' "Re-Arrange" — from Boise, Idaho quintet BUILT TO SPILL on July 10th. The tracks will be available from online retailers as digital downloads and in stores as a 12"-vinyl single. The single will also be on sale on tour dates after July 10, listed below, while supplies last.

The two tracks — the first new music from BUILT TO SPILL since their 2006 album "You In Reverse" — were recorded last year while the band was on tour in support of the album, which was recently re-released, along with 1997's "Perfect From Now On" and 1999's "Keep It Like A Secret," in limited edition vinyl. Songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Doug Martsch explains that reggae is not necessarily the new direction that BTS is headed. "'They Got Away,' came out of jamming. This one jam just took on a life of its own, it evolved over time. We were reluctant to do a reggae song but we started to really like it. We figured it's a good reggae song, might as well run with it." Doug further explains the recording process of the tracks: "Dave Tromfio (producer/mixer – Wilco, Ok Go) recorded it very stripped down, close to the live versions, no overdubs, only the overdubs of the effects. We just happened to stumble upon a reggae song that we couldn't not do. I want to make sure that people don't think we are becoming a reggae band. We play reggae because we love to play it."