[Live Review + Photography] The Cribs – Live in Hong Kong 2018

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來自英國約克郡的另類搖滾三人組 The Cribs 515日第三次回到香港作巡迴,而每次演出的場地也有不同 —— 他們2011年首度在Clockenflap音樂節的舞台演出,13年在Music Zone的中型場地舉行樂團自己的演唱會,而這次就到簡單工業風裝潢的TTN演出,絕對配合他們的DIY音樂態度。這個由雙胞胎 Gary & Ryan、和弟弟 Ross 組成的三人組,總是以獨有的DIY美學和充滿流行感的曲調與樂迷交流。他們的音樂生涯中推出過7張專輯,而這晚你便能夠欣賞到他們每個專輯內的歌曲及體現到The Cribs音樂旅程上蛻變的過程。

The Cribs, alternative rock trio hailing from Yorkshire, are making their come back to Hong Kong on 15th May. This is the third time for them to perform here though all 3 times are in different settings – 2011 at Clockenflap Festival, 2013 at KITEC medium size venue, and this time at TTN with a more DIY industrial backdrop. The trio, formed by twins Gary and Ryan Jarman and younger brother Ross Jarman, never fail to surprise you with their DIY aesthetic and astonishing catchy tunes. With 7 albums in their catalogue, and this night, you can hear all of their anthems that sharps who “The Cribs” are nowadays. 

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Photo Gallery 現場相集 – The Cribs  – Live in Hong Kong 2018
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90分鐘的演出中,舞台上大部分時間也是暗暗的,光源主要來自背後的LED屏幕,投影著樂團經典的條紋和標誌wallpaperThe Cribs 這晚決定以 Our Bovine Public 揭幕,此曲收錄在不少追隨者最愛的專輯 Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever (2007) 內。之後有In The Belly Of Brazen Bull內充滿情緒的 Come On, Be a No-One和同樣來自Men’s Needs I’m a Realist,全部都是極度順耳的獨立搖滾曲調,毫不費力地讓現場所有人起舞,他們的歌詞總是以精警的字眼描述日常生活中的經歷,觀眾全場和唱,有如一同訴說自己的故事。

The 90-minute show is held under dim environment with major light comes from the LED screen behind, which with the classic The Cribs stripes and logos displayed. This night kicks off with the “Our Bovine Public,” opening track of their from many fans’s favorite album ‘Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever’ (2007), “Come On, Be a No-One’ off ‘In The Belly Of Brazen Bull’ and MNWNW album’s “I’m a Realist.” These catchy indie rock tunes make you dance along effortlessly with many people in the crowd singalong loudly and proudly. The Cribs’ lyrics always describe daily life experiences in interesting play of words. The audience sing like these were part of their stories, too.

現場燈光一直保持黑暗,樂隊繼續演奏的一連串充滿能量的hit songs,不論是死忠粉絲或是剛認識The Cribs的樂迷也為之而興奮。而這晚他們挑戰的setlist讓你可以聽到其音樂路上的變化,從 The New Fallas 未經修飾的聲音、到備受主流音樂文化追捧的 Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever,現在以最新發布的 24-7 Rock Star Shit 逐漸回歸到較raw的感覺,你都會留意得到。而 The Cribs 多年來沒有改變的可要是他們的熱誠和聰明的編曲技巧,永遠令人想繼續聽下去。

The stage is kept dark as the set goes on when the band continue to play a series of energy-filled hits that both diehard followers and newer fans are thrilled to hear. You can hear their musical changes all over the years at this night, from the unpolished stage of ‘The New Fallas,’ to the smoother sound of ‘Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever’ and gradually move back to their roots in their latest release ‘24-7 Rock Star Shit,’ one thing about The Cribs do not change throughout the years is their deeply genuine passion and incredibly smart compositional skills that make you want to hear more from them.

值得一提的是作品 Shoot the Poet 帶來The Cribs 柔情的一面,低調的不插電結他加上緩緩的鼓聲,有些觀眾將手機電筒打開,跟着拍子搖動。樂隊之後邀請了來自香港的夢幻流行音樂組Thud成員Kim接管鍵盤部分,為Back for The Bolthole作伴奏。

一如以往,The Cribs 在演奏他們是音樂生涯中非常注目的歌曲 Be Safe 的時候,大螢幕會展示負責獨白部份的 Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth 成員) 的視頻。這首歌曲可說是樂隊其中一個最著名的作品之一,既有獨立搖滾美妙的旋律之餘又有spoken word的影子,字裏行間滲透發人深思的話語。

“Shoot the Poets” brings out the soft side of The Cribs with strip down acoustic guitar and slow drumbeats. Some audience raise their cellphones up with light and wave along to this slow jam. The band also invite Kim, from Hong Kong’s very own dream pop group Thud, to take over the keyboard for “Back For The Bolthole.”

Like their usual performance, The Cribs display video of Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) reading the line of the dialogue when playing their critically acclaimed “Be Safe.” The song somewhat sway between the beautiful indie melody and some thought-provoking spoken words and have become one of the band’s most well-known work.

最後三人選擇以較舊的作品 Hey Scenesters!Men’s Needs Pink Snow 結束他們第三次香港之行。Pink Snow 粉紅的雪是個長達7分鐘的曲調,在末段有延長了樂器的噪音和 Lofi 效果。樂隊曾在採訪中解釋過,For All My Sisters 這張專輯的名字其實是來自這首歌曲的詞,它在意識和音樂上留白,讓您自己了解意會當中意思,留下open end的結局。這樣說起來,相信沒有比Pink Snow更好的選擇來結束這個專場了。

The trio choose to end their their third visit to Hong Kong with older break-through song “Hey Scenesters!,” “Men’s Needs” and “Pink Snow,” taken from their album ‘For All My Sisters.’ The 7-minute long tune has an extended instrumental part with noise and lofi effect. As the band once explained in an interview, this album’s name was indeed taken from this song, which metaphorically and musically leave any open end for your own interpretation. In that case, there seems to be no better choice than this to end the show.

 

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Photo Gallery 現場相集 – The Cribs  – Live in Hong Kong 2018
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