Two years into their psych-punk quest across the US and Californian quintet Crystal Antlers have managed to leave their mark on almost every state in America. “We’ve driven 6,000 miles on this latest trip and spent less than $25 on gas,” they recently told MOJO’s Keith Cameron, before going on to explain the vegetable oil-propelled second engine of their tour bus. “It’s the only way we can afford to do this, because the shows barely cover costs,” added bassist/vocalist Jonny Bell. “It’s a big struggle at the moment. Which is great. Struggle is great for being creative.”
Crystal Antlers began life as a trio made up of Bell, original guitarist Errol Davis and drummer Kevin Stuart. As their penchant for gutted gospel grunge became stronger, Victor Rodriguez (organ) and Damien Edwards (percussion) soon became permanent fixtures (Andrew King also replaced Davis on guitar). As Bell says, they all “come from a punk background but we wanted our music to have that soul spirit".
Their 2009 debut proper, Touch And Go, already looks set to be one of the defining records of the next 12 months. In the meantime we have the celestial thunder of their new EP to enjoy. Bell: “We’re cleaning the dirt from people’s ears!”
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Crystal Antlers' European tour kicks off on January 25, 2009.
Posted by Ross_Bennett at 11:36 AM GMT 02/12/2008