Oct. 25, 2007

The Cribs Heads to Chicago’s Double Door

By Randy J. Klodz

Thousands across the band’s native England have grown to love The Cribs, a popular trio that’s ready to build converts out of North American fans. The Cribs is ready to perform on Nov. 20 at Chicago’s Double Door.

The Cribs—which includes the brothers Jarman: Ryan James (guitar, vocals), Gary John (bass, vocals) and Ross Anthony (drums)—is on tour in support of the band’s latest release “Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever,” which hit North American stores in July.

If listeners need an American equivalent for strictly tentative comparison purposes, picture the catchy sounds of Weezer and the sonic groove once shared by the Curtis brothers of The Secret Machines, surely both intended compliments.

From “Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever,” catchy songs like “Men’s Needs” and “Moving Pictures” have begun to catch on with U.S. audiences and the poignant “Be Safe” with its Michael Stipe-like talk-sing cadence rings home. Other songs like the spastic “Our Bovine Public” and the anthemia “Major’s Titling Victory” shine.

The acoustic album ender “Shoot the Poets” closes the door on an album filled with over 40 minutes of fun pop.

Double Door is at 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Tickets for this 21+ show are listed for $15 each with showtime sladed for 9 p.m. For more info on The Cribs log on to www.thecribs.com.

The Cribs Photo: Janette Beckman