Indietracks interview #1: Crumbs

Crumbs are a bumper party bag mix of sprightly basslines, super-danceable cowbell-tinged rhythms, fizzing guitars and effervescent interchanging vocal lines. Since forming approximately 768 days ago in Leeds (Earth), they have kept themselves busy releasing a split tape with Dirtygirl and an EP on Tuff Enuff Records, recording a live session for Marc Riley on 6 Music, playing gigs all over the shop, and are currently getting very excitable about releasing their first album this Summer. They are particularly fond of pets and puns.

Hi Crumbs, please tell us a little bit about yourselves
Hiya! We are Gem, Jamie, Ruth and Stuart Crumb, a post-punk/pop party pack residing in Leeds and York, Earth. We are all current members of the human race, and are very excitable to be playing Indietracks this year.

What music are you enjoying at the moment?
Current popular favourites in the Crumbus to/from gigs include Technotronic, Pet Shop Boys, Delta 5, Chaka Khan, ESG and Tear for Fears. Stuart recently did a full DJ set on the journey from Leeds to Bristol using YouTube on his phone; it was properly bopping, but his 4G data bill was through the flipping sunroof afterwards, so we stick to compact discs and cassette tapes now to avoid bankruptcy as much as possible.

Do you have any exciting plans for the rest of the year?
We are most excited about the release of our first album this summer, which will hopefully be out in time to display on the trestle tables of the Indietracks merch tent after our set. We will also be enjoying more touring, and our first venture into pop videos. Stuart is most excited that we are going to the caravan in Skegness.

Do any band members have any particular skills, hobbies or claims to fame you wish to share?
Gem once saw a woman with a cat stuffed down her coat drying her socks under the hand dryer in the toilets in Leeds Market, and also once served a pasty to Ben Fogle as a teenager (Gem, not Ben Fogle). Through years of excessive carrot juice intake, Jamie has turned the palms of his hands/soles of his feet orange, but he doesn’t mind as they are now his favourite colour, and it saves him buying gloves and socks (which he would only have to dry under the hand dryer in the toilets in Leeds Market anyway). Ruth recently won a marathon on the day-off of our most recent tour, and Stuart says his claim to fame is that he is in the band ‘Crumbs’.

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at the Indietracks festival, and why?
Band-wise: Cowtown, Shopping and Personal Best because they are all exceptional and we like to have a bop.
Person-wise: Jamie is most looking forward to seeing the man that works at the campsite who always says “look out- here comes trouble” when he sees him every year (the joke here is that in fact Jamie is extremely mild-mannered, and is actually very cautious when causing trouble so that no-one would suspect it was him).