Psych, garage, funk, lo-fi, prog - pick any prefix to the word ‘rock’ you want and the thrillingly eclectic Long Beach six-piece Crystal Antlers can match the task. With 2008’s to-the-point titled EP troubling the higher reaches of our best medium-players of the year, among many others, the following year's full debut Tentacles - the last album to be released on the legendary Touch & Go label - was unfortunately a minor disappointment in comparison. The band's ferocious live performances likely means better to come again.
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When in (touch wood) years to come, someone asks, Padraic, when exactly did you start to lose your hearing? At least now I can give them a time, place, date and even the song that did it. I mean I know standing two feet from an amp while Crystal Antlers finish off a thundering set with 'Parting...
Their debut EP troubled the higher reaches of our best of 2008 and first UK shows (review to follow) were similarly, overwhelmingly impressive. Jonny Bell, frontman of Californian psych-rockers Crystal Antlers, talks to Ragged Words.
Your full debut Tentacles is due out...