On the surface, The Cribs might seem like just another glossed-up garage punk "The" band. Yet Smiths legend Johnny Marr liked them enough to join as an official member, and Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo lent spoken word to their track "Be Safe." Those are some powerful endorsements, and indeed, upon closer examination The Cribs' rock is more rousing and sophisticated than the average British buzz band.

On the surface, The Cribs might seem like just another glossed-up garage punk "The" band. Yet Smiths legend Johnny Marr liked them enough to join as an official member, and Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo lent spoken word to their track "Be Safe." Those are some powerful endorsements, and indeed, upon closer examination The Cribs' rock is more rousing and sophisticated than the average British buzz band.