The Cribs: 24/7 Rock Star Shit review – irresistible raw energy

(Sonic Blew/Red Essential)

Originally begun as an EP during sessions for the Wakefield grunge-punk trio’s ambitious 2012 album In the Belly of the Brazen Bull, 24/7 Rock Star Shit has a more vintage Cribs spirit – the most aggressively raw they’ve sounded in years. Recorded live in just five days, this back-to-basics flipside to 2015’s poppy For All My Sisters has little to offer those not already positively disposed towards the Cribs’ basics – mordant lyrics, tetanus-jab guitars and raucous woah-ohh-ohh choruses – but the likes of Dendrophobia, with its haywire licks and raw scream of “we can’t afford each other”, and In Your Palace have an irresistible energy.

Watch the video for In Your Palace by the Cribs.


Emily Mackay

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