The Cribs – Night Network
After a three-year hiatus, Wakefield-based indie rockers The Cribs mark their return to form with their triumphant eighth studio release, Night Network, a great Beach Boys-esque comeback after their tumultuous 2017 effort 24-7 Rock Star Shit. Featuring fun, dreamy hook-driven tracks paired with distinct post-punk influences, Night Network brings the best qualities of The Cribs forward, while showcasing the band’s ability to experiment with songwriting and sounds. Feeling akin to a celebration or rebirth after years of struggle, the album ends the year on a positive note and ushers in a new chapter for the British rockers.
Since the negative reception to their last offering, The Cribs’ future seemed shaky, however, thanks to encouragement and help from Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, the band has successfully picked itself up with its latest release. Almost a complete 180 from the harsher, noise-driven 24-7 Rock Star Shit, Night Network takes a dreamy pop quality, feeling upbeat and nostalgic across its 12 tracks. The sharp change is signalled immediately with 60s-reminiscent first track Goodbye. The Cribs craft an interesting and consistent listening experience, marked by layered melodies, distorted guitar and dramatic lyrics. Standout songs Siren Sing-Along and Never Thought I’d Feel Again’s catchy riffs and head-bopping melodies emphasise the surf rock sounds from the opener, alongside featuring infectious and unique lyrics.
Proving to be easy and engaging listening, the record showcases some of the group’s most distinct and memorable work to date. Penultimate track Earl & Duke is one of The Cribs’s most memorable pieces in years, a melancholic love letter that sets itself apart from predecessors with its clean-toned guitar and surprisingly mature vocals. Similarly, closer In The Neon Night distinguishes itself as an experimental crowd-pleaser that is packed with fun and feelings of anxiety for the future.
Throughout the entire course of Night Network there is a sense of high energy and enjoyment from the band of brothers. Although overproduced at points, the album is a therapeutic and head-bopping letter to fans, as well as the first step down a new and positive path on The Cribs’ musical journey.
Night Network is released on 20th November 2020. For further information or to order the album visit The Cribs’s website here.
Watch the video for the single Never Thought I’d Feel Again here: