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Cribs explain Johnny Marr’s departure

By | Published on Tuesday 12 April 2011

The Cribs

The Cribs have explained via their website why Johnny Marr has left the group after playing with them for four years. The band – Ryan, Gary and Ross Jarman – posted their message on, explaining how sessions for a new album with the former Smiths guitarist didn’t come together.

They wrote: “There were definite intentions of continuing on together and making another record. We even went into the studio with Edwyn Collins again last spring and started recording some stuff, but it just wasn’t really working. We were all pretty burnt at that point and that is why we decided that after eight years and four records we should take some time off.”

They continued: “During that time we all intended on working on other projects. At some point late last year we just casually got together out in Portland as a three-piece and it was so much fun. Johnny had started working on a solo record in the time off, and it just seemed like the right time to go our separate ways. We have a bunch of new songs and are embracing the lo-fi again. It never was about fancy studios and LA and all that. We are back in our usual environment and feeling good about it. We’ve got everything we need”.