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The Cribs Are Sibs Who Get Along

Of the Oakland Press

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Rock ’n’ roll history is full of famous sibling acts, many of which have taken rivalry to new levels of animosity.

Not the Cribs, a British trio that includes fraternal twins Ryan and Gary Jarman and their younger brother Ross on drums.

“I like it this way,” says singer-guitarist Ryan, 26. “It’s good being in a band with your brothers ’cause we all share the same values and same ethics and stuff.

“When you get into bands, it’s hard to find that. A lot of people are musicians because they’ve got an ego. They want to be famous.

“That was never the case with us. No one’s allowed to think about getting any ego; we shoot each other back down.”

Jarman says the individual Cribs — whose third album, “Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever,” produced by Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos, came out in July — do have their roles but seldom conflict with each other.

“I’ve never felt there being any kind of power struggle or something,” he says, “although I’m sure there’s some subconscious things going on.”

Mostly, he says, the three Jarmans “watch out for each other,” and he feels a particular responsibility toward Ross.

“It’s a hard life, touring,” Ryan Jarman explains. “I don’t mind putting myself through it, but I’m putting my little brother through it, too. So you’ve got to make sure you’re looking out for each other — or we’ll catch hell from mum, if nothing else.”

The Cribs and White Rabbits perform Monday (August 6th)at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

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