We love playing live, it's why we exist as a band
There aren't many bands who, five albums in – and the last two top 10 – would still be driving themselves to gigs. But Wakefield trio The Cribs – twins Gary and Ryan Jarman and their brother, Ross – wouldn't have it any other way.
Drummer Ross reckons their DIY attitude is the reason the band is still around, a decade on from their eponymous debut record.
"It doesn't seem like 10 years," he tells The Week. "To be around this long is something we never expected when we started. We just sent a demo off and thought we could play a few local gigs.
"We still own a van and aren't afraid to do things on a realistic level.
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"Over the years, we saw people who were our contemporaries, our peers, doing well but then not continuing.
"I think we had a different attitude to most people. We'd see bands rolling up to venues in tour buses bigger than the venue, which doesn't make sense.
"We've always tried to keep away from all that kind of stuff. We've got the van and we'll drive it ourselves. I'm the one who ends up doing most of the driving and if it breaks down, then they all look to me.
"Even when we played Reading and Leeds festivals this year, we were driving up and having to squeeze our little van in between these big tour buses.
"I like to think we have a different attitude. Ultimately, we're just three brothers who like music, and we'd be making records even if people weren't listening."
Fortunately, people are listening, and the brothers are playing gigs up until Christmas. "The shows for this tour have all been really good so far," says Ross. "We're on the fifth record now so we're doing a selection of songs and choosing different setlists every night, and it's the longest set we've ever done – 20 songs a night. But it doesn't seem that long when we're playing and that's a good thing.
"I think that's what's really good about getting to your fifth record – you can keep things fresh by changing things every night and pulling out old B sides and other songs you might not always play.
"We're all feeling really good at the moment, we're in good shape, musically. We love playing live, it's why we exist as a band.
"It's difficult to please everyone as everyone has their own favourite songs. Even me, Gary and Ryan don't always agree."
Ah, sibling spats. There must have had a few.
"It's definitely not like the Gallagher brothers or anything like that," says Ross. "I don't know any different. I don't know what it's like to be in a band with my friends, like most people, I'd be interested to know what that's like.
"It can be easier, I guess, to a degree, because we all grew up with the same records and we understand each other's way of writing.
"Also, sometimes when you're on tour, you might be tired or not feeling well, and when you're with family, you don't have to make that effort like you have to with your friends.
"I guess there's some downsides, though. Whenever anyone criticises any of the band, you can take it quite personally."
But reviews are not something they pay too much attention to.
"I think when we started we did pay more attention to press and what was said about us, but not as much any more. And with the last record, it's all been really positive anyway. I think it's important not to be too bothered because it's opinion, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion."
The Cribs are playing at the O2 Academy tonight.