The Cribs return with the first single from their hotly awaited sixth album and light a fire under fans’ expectations
ith album number six, For All Our Sisters, due out in March, The Cribs release the record’s first single and set indie hearts a-racing. Wasting typically little time before throwing out the hooks, Burning For No One opens with a jarringly melodic riff and rumbling bassline that sounds like a less hurried Jam squaring up to Hard-Fi. The chorus then comes rushing in with a power-pop flush and is closed by a superb riff that betrays just a hint of The Knack – the sort the band have specialised in since their formation – before the trick is repeated.
Having entered their 13th year as a band, The Cribs might be forgiven for losing a little of their zeal, and cosying up to a present of mundane songwriting and future of mediocre melodies. Thankfully though Burning For No One is the work of a band that are still doing it for the love – it’s not by accident that Zane Lowe recently marked it as the ‘hottest record in the world’ – and though Gary Jarman’s vocal might not betray as much, you know it’s there and you feel it too.
Verdict: The Cribs will have you burning for album number six