The original line up of The Cribs took to the stage in front of a swarm of beery eyed ladish sorts with the odd wave of females in attendance. Sandwiched between two heavier bands, At The Drive-In and Mastodon, a fact which Ryan noted to the crowd, adding that it was an honour to play on the ‘heavier day’ and that the Northern band had history attending Reading as teenagers. The band kept the rest of the between track banter limited, which was necessary in order for them to strum through their massive guitar anthems. Performing the best of the best from their five album back catalogue: ‘Hey Scensters,’ ‘I’m A Realist’, ‘Man’s Needs’ – which left the crowd sweating with sheer rowdiness as they panted for the next guitar puncher. The Cribs went full throttle, hardly breaking for a gasp of air.
Regrettably I had to shuffle off five minutes early to get down for Kasabian, but I did hear that the band trashed the stage after the set, while Ryan had a scrap with security. In what is becoming a Reading tradition a drum was thrown into the crowd, after 2010 which saw the band waste a guitar in the crowd, what next? The band’s own mother?
Overall The Cribs set was raw, passionate and vigorous from the first clap. We keep hearing that guitar music is current on its back, Reading Festival as a whole disagreed, The Cribs are still making great sweaty feisty rock n roll. Simone F