Crystal Antlers, the ironically endearing Long Beach group of 6 skyrocketing to popularity across an increasingly diverse range of listeners, spews a veritable miasmatic carnival of instrumentation flanged with primal vocals from singer, Jonny Bell, who also kills it on bass.
The line-up: Kevin Stuart, drums; Damian Edwards, percussion; Andrew King, guitar; Jonny Bell, bass, vocals, woodwinds; Victor Rodriguez, organ; and Errol Davis, guitar.
Utterly compelling and visceral, like a freshly opened wound and the extraordinary yet greusome inner glimpse it offers, Crystal Antlers ranks extra-special-tops for me as they’re the only band I’ve encountered to date that conjures the freaked-out raging intensity and freedom of exploration, in their own heavier and updated way, of my old fave King Crimson’s 21st Century Schizoid Man.
Needless to say, it was awesome for us to host Crystal Antlers in the studio here in Los Angeles. All of the songs they played, except A Thousand Eyes, can also be found on their new LP, Tentacles (Touch and Go/Rough Trade, 2009).
Listen to the Exclusive Live tracks (option/click to download):