Crystal Antlers – Tentacles [Album Review]

by Woody on April 15, 2009

Crystal Antlers

What’s up with all the bands out there with “crystal” in their names? The Crystal Antlers are another in the long line of emerging California alternative bands to recently take hold and they are varied in a way that’s difficult to slot them nicely into a neat genre. Frankly, that’s refreshing.

Tentacles is a wonderfully diverse album that seems to shift, not only from song to song, but sometimes even abruptly within the same song.‚ ‚  That’s not altogether unique, but what is common throughout the entire album are searing vocals, swirling guitar and tremendous keyboard work.‚  Oh, and a healthy dose of garage fuzz. So much so that I often found myself straining to make out any of the lyrics.‚  At times, the music sounds like a sped-up, somewhat punkier version of the Walkmen.‚  My favorite tracks were “Dust,” “Andrew,” “Tentacles” and “Memorized.” Yes all one word titles in true Peal Jam Ten style.‚  The band is generating significant buzz surrounding this release getting love from the blogs and good air time on satellite radio.

The band hails from Long Beach and Tentacles represents their first LP release.‚  The album is under the Touch and Go label which is probably most commonly associated with bands like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and TV on the Radio. When the band formed in 2006, they recorded two 7-inch singles before settling down to record their first EP with the Mars Volta’s keyboardist Ikey Owens last year.

Crystal Antlers just returned from a two month tour of Europe and they will continue to tour all over the US and Europe over the next two months with the Cold War Kids, Vivian Girls, and others.‚  They are reputed to generate a ton of excitement and intensity as a live act, so prepare yourself Chicago because they’re coming to the Empty Bottle in May.‚  I gotta believe their music mixes well with PBR.

MySpace | Touch and Go Records

Crystal Antlers – Andrew

Video: Crystal Antlers – Andrew

Crystal Antlers – “Andrew” from Touch and Go/Quarterstick on Vimeo.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

oz April 15, 2009 at 3:37 pm

I just read that they pissed off a bunch of fans in Dallas last night by refusing to take the stage. Gorilla Vs. Bear has the details on their site.

Starkey April 18, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Actually, Crystal Castles were the divas, not Antlers.

oz April 18, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Yes, you are correct. Damn the word crystal.

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