Pop, Punk, Rock
Dan Cribb & The Isolated: Dan Cribb (vocals/bass), Scott Connor (guitar/vocals), Brennan Pagels (drums)
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As a musician in Australia, there are few more isolating places to carve out your craft than Perth. For Dan Cribb, this sometimes seemingly insurmountable geographical isolation was overcome in the most unexpected circumstances.
After Cribb reached out to Nick Diener from US melodic punk band The Swellers to lend his mixing skills to his debut solo EP, the connection to the material was so strong that Diener ended up contributing bass and vocals on every song.
In 2012, they finally met at The Fest in Florida, and the casual collaboration morphed into a friendship and then a partnership as Diener eventually became an unofficial band member for the recording of debut album ‘As We Drift Apart’. Thus, Dan Cribb & The Isolated was conceived.
Despite the mammoth distance between collaborators (approximately 17,689 kilometres), The Isolated became a celebration of the connecting of communities. Music is, after all, a universal language. In this instance, it’s also the language of hooky-as-hell punk rock.
Mixed and mastered by Mark Michalik (The Wonder Years, The Swellers) at Chicago's Drasik Studios, the full length was a welcome and notable progression from Cribb’s 2012 acoustic EP, ‘The Memories Last’.
After releasing 'As We Drift Apart' in 2015, Cribb recorded an acoustic split with Alkaline Trio’s Derek Grant, followed by another collaborative effort with Israel-based punk rocker Yotam Ben Horin (Useless ID) later that year.
Having caught the collab bug, Cribb began working on a ‘Simpsons’ cover album, with the first song released in October 2016 featuring Melbourne’s Alex Lahey, with guest artists Jeremy Neale, Jen Boyce (Ball Park Music), David Novak (Polish Club), Tyler Richardson (Luca Brasi) and more also appearing.
In the midst of his tribute to ‘The Simpsons’, Cribb dished up a serious dose of revitalised pop punk energy in June 2018 with single ‘Run Away’. Ironically, during all this collaboration, Cribb found himself in a weird place of isolation, which is where new single ‘Run Away’ stems from.
“A lot my close friends started moving away from Perth around the same time, which was a real shock to the system, but taught me a lot about myself in a weird way,” Cribb said.
“It was while I was battling those anxieties that I wrote this song, which sort of helped me work through everything and realise how important certain relationships are.”
‘Run Away’ is out now via Pee Records.
“Upbeat, bittersweet pop-punk energy” – Music Feeds
“An urban poet.” – Jay Whalley, Frenzal Rhomb
“You'll be tapping along right away.” – Bombshellzine
“…as refreshing as it is catchy.” – Blunt Magazine