The Cribs Live Review
100 Club, London – 17/04/13
If there was a gig for dirtying your Converse, indie heroes The Cribs at London's legendary 100 Club was it.
The Jarman brothers created an absolute sweat-fest inside the tiny Oxford Street venue and nobody could've left without their trainers getting battered.
Setting the standard for a sweltering, rowdy hour of pure Cribs by crowd surfing during their very first song MTV, guitarist Ryan was clearly up for it as much as everyone else.
As the bass of Ryan’s twin Gary and drums of their younger brother Ross pounded out to begin Hey Scenesters!, anyone not already throwing themselves around were now with every word of the chorus chanted back as passionately as the Wakefield lads sang them.
Recent winners of NME’s Outstanding Contribution and Q’s Spirit of Independence awards, their 2012 single Come On, Be A No-One sounded great and the 100 Club erupted with cheers when Ryan plucked the opening of I’m A Realist.
With Cribs fans going crazy just inches away from his mic, Ryan called it the funnest gig the band had done in nine years.
It was so intimate they offered to play any song from their five albums, but with the requests yelled in their faces barely audible they went for Girls Like Mystery.
Penultimate track Men’s Needs became the biggest shout-along of the night as the boys ended their set on City Of Bugs and sent the soaking messes home for a cold shower.
Ben Lowe @mtvuknews