Dork Radio
Now playing:
In the mag...
Featuring Muna, The Murder Capital, Shura, Ezra Furman, Spector and loads more.
Order a copy
September 2019
Review

The Cribs - 24-7 Rock Star Shit

This is The Cribs being The Cribs, and The Cribs are still the best, 24/7/365.
The Cribs - 24-7 Rock Star Shit
Published: 7:58 am, August 14, 2017
This is The Cribs being The Cribs, and The Cribs are still the best, 24-7-365.

Label: Sonic Blew
Released: 11th August 2017
Rating: ★★★★

The Cribs aren’t stupid. Well over a decade as one of the UK’s most consistently great bands means they know where their strengths lie, and it’s never been in flashy, slick sounds or carefully positioned radio sheen.

In fact, they’re at their best when such things are cast aside. It’s the strength of their debut album - practically perfect because of, not despite its limitations - that made the suggestion of a hook up with legendary ‘not-a-producer-but-a-man-who-records-bands’ Steve Albini make so much sense when first floated all those years ago. Now that it’s finally been realised, it sounds no less brilliant than it did in our mind’s eye. Or ear. You get the point.



In truth, ‘24-7 Rock Star Shit’ is a tongue in cheek title. This is The Cribs playing their strongest hand. Their pop sensibilities may be roughed up, but they’re still there. Even in the rage of ‘Year of Hate’, there’s still a hook line that’s stickier than super glue. The acoustic ‘Sticks Not Twigs’ shows that fuzz and noise isn’t a universal requirement, while ‘Rainbow Ridge’ is scrappy brilliance front to back. There may be a lack of that one immediate ‘obvious single’, but it seems churlish to complain. This is The Cribs being The Cribs, and The Cribs are still the best, 24-7-365. Stephen Ackroyd

Give all this a try

The new issue of Dork is out now, featuring MUNA!
New issue!

The new issue of Dork is out now, featuring MUNA!

There's also The Murder Capital, Shura, Ezra Furman, Friendly Fires and loads more.
Feelin' hypersonic: Sam Fender
Cover feature

Feelin' hypersonic: Sam Fender

Sam Fender is a man on a mission. Already beating current ‘biggest noise on the block’ Lewis Capaldi to a Brit Award, as his debut album nears its much-anticipated arrival, the sky really is the limit for an artist not short of stuff to say.
Check out a live version of a new Sleater-Kinney track, 'Broken'
Watch

Check out a live version of a new Sleater-Kinney track, 'Broken'

It's taken from their forthcoming album 'The Center Won't Hold', which is set for release tomorrow (Friday, 16th August).
There'll be more music from Haim this year, 'FYI'
Haim time

There'll be more music from Haim this year, 'FYI'

Speaking to Matt Wilkinson on Beats 1, the trio revealed that will "definitely" be more from them before the year is out.
Like this? Subscribe to Dork and get every issue delivered direct to your door anywhere on the planet.
CONTACT PRIVACY ADVERTISE

© 2018 The Bunker Publishing