The Cribs unveil video for 'Leather Jacket Love Song'
22 January 2013
The Cribs have unveiled a brilliant video for their new single 'Leather Jacket Love Song'.
17 Years in the making, the video features the Jarman brothers performing alongside their teenage counterparts in 1997.
Director Andy Knowles explains - "When The Cribs showed me footage of them as kids rocking out in a rehearsal room, it was obvious to us all that a music video had to be made with the content. After conversations with the band and watching VHS tapes of old footage, we made a start on a treatment which would be an ideal way to celebrate their best of album ‘Payola’.
The video blends original camcorder footage from 1997 with newly shot footage to show current day Cribs performing with their younger selves. Despite its lo-fi, VHS look, the video uses a sophisticated mix of visual effects, hidden cuts, lookalikes and set decoration to sell the illusion that two generations of Cribs are performing together at the same time. We went to great lengths to to re-create the rehearsal room and gig venue from 1997. Shooting in the bandʼs hometown of Wakefield – the video was filmed at the exact same locations as the 17-year old home movies."
Released on 11th February via Wichita Recordings, 'Leather Jacket Love Song' is taken from the band's forthcoming best of album, 'Payola'. Having swelled to a four-piece following Johnny Marr’s tenure on guitar, 'Leather Jacket Love Song' was written during the recording of the band’s fourth album ‘Ignore The Ignorant’. The track was to become one of the final songs completed as a four-piece and, rarely aired live, it has become one of the bands most sought after tracks.
Following this new single release, The Cribs will play London’s Brixton Academy on 22nd February as part of this year's NME Awards series, before releasing 'Payola' (as well as a 40 track ‘Anthology Edition’) on 25th Feb.
Tickets for The Cribs' NME Awards show w/ guests And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Deap Vally, and The Drenge, are available here.