Gary Jarman digs out a baritone guitar...

The Cribs have spoken about recent recording sessions in Chicago with Steve Albini.

With their fourth album 'Ignore The Ignorant', The Cribs seemed to finally find commercial acceptance. A Top Ten entry, the record went on to become one of the band's most successful to date.

Yet since then, it's been all change for The Cribs. Johnny Marr departed by mutual consent, with the Wakefield band apparently deciding to get back to basics on album #5.

Recently confirming that recording sessions were under way, The Cribs have now revealed that Steve Albini is helping to piece the album together. The three piece travelled out to Chicago to work with the producer, who is adding something different to their sound.

"Recording in Chicago with Steve was a swift, no-messing-about affair. Very rewarding" Ryan Jarman told Rolling Stone.

Known for a certain recording style, it seems that the Albini method has filtered into the new album. "In addition to playing my usual bass on this record, I have been playing a lot of baritone guitar too. Distorted, it just sounds so dirty and heavy" explained Gary Jarman. "I think that is a good indicator of how the Chicago sessions shaped up."

Meanwhile, the singer also revealed that he felt relaxed while recording his vocal parts. "In Chicago with Steve Albini recording another four tracks. I usually hate recording vocals so much – I am very self-conscious, but it was actually really fun here. Most of the stuff – both tracking and vocals – were done in one or two takes, which suits me down to the ground."

Splitting sessions between New York, Chicago and London the band also recorded at Abbey Road. Steve Albini has helped oversee the album, although Dave Fridmann has also taken up a prominent role.

Sessions in London coincided with Gary Jarman's birthday. "Going in to work on your birthday isn't so bad when 'work' is at Abbey Road. We recorded and self-produced a four-song suite here in three days."

The band recently confirmed three British shows early next year, with new material widely expected to be aired. Tickets are on sale now.

The Cribs are due to play the following shows:

28 London ULU

1 Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
3 Leeds Metropolitan University

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