The Cribs, Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo Duel On ‘I Don’t Know Who I Am’

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The Cribs and Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo duel on 'I Don't Know Who I Am'.

The band's new album 'Night Network' arrives on November 13th, and it finds space to link the Jarmans up with an old friend.

Lee Ranaldo's spoken word verses on 2007 track 'Be Safe' has long been a fan favourite, and the avant garde guitarist returns to layer sheets of noise over the band's new single.

Online now, 'I Don't Know Who I Am' began as a riff-heavy monster at Dave Grohl’s 606 Studios in Los Angeles, before Lee Ranaldo retreated to Sonic Youth's old Hoboken studio to add some white noise.

The Cribs comment…

'I Don't Know Who I Am' (although ultimately quite different) came together in much the same way as 'Be Safe' did back in 2006 – we had a recording of a long, improvised noise-jam which we then tried to refine into a more cohesive song structure.

Due to the similarities in the writing process, it made us think of Lee again… we had initially requested that he play noise guitar over the track, because we wanted to keep it somewhat abstract and create the impression of the melodies just kind of emerging out of the static… but he went beyond the call of duty and also added some beautiful vocal harmonies too, out at the Sonic Youth studio in New Jersey.

Working with Lee on 'Be Safe' was without question one of the highlights of our career as a band, and we think that 'I Don't Know Who I Am' is a worthy follow up collaboration. We are very proud of how it turned out.

Lyrically, the song addresses the disconnect that Ryan and myself have always had with our biological paternal lineage – and how that may have shaped our views on masculinity, gender roles, and the men we ultimately grew up to be.

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