Crystal Antlers at Debaser in Stockholm, Sweden
|Origin||Long Beach, California|
|Genres||indie rock, neo-psychedelia, psychedelic rock|
Crystal Antlers is an American band from Long Beach, California.
The band started in late 2006 in Long Beach, California, as a 3-piece, Kevin Stuart (drums), Errol Davis (guitar) and Jonny Bell (bass/vocals). The three had met in high school music class and later worked together as chimney sweeps. Their first single was recorded at Closer Studio in San Francisco; "Parting Song For The Torn Sky" was later re-mixed for the band's first EP.
After the first single was recorded, Victor Rodriguez-Guerrero joined the band on organ. In 2007, Damian Edwards joined on percussion. A second single was released in 2007 under the label Backflip, out of Orange, California, produced by guitarist Michael Belfer, and recorded at Mama Jo's; this song, "Until The Sun Dies (Part 2)", was likewise later re-recorded for the EP.
Crystal Antlers EP, Tentacles, and Touch & Go Records (2008–2009)
In the fall of 2007, Crystal Antlers began recording its first EP, Crystal Antlers, with producer Ikey Owens, who had been making regular guest appearances with the band for several months. After the majority of the tracking was complete, guitarist Errol Davis left the band to pursue other interests and Andrew King joined. The EP was released in March 2008. In summer 2008 the band signed with the label Touch and Go records, who re-issued the EP with new art by Jefferson Mayday Mayday.
In the summer of 2009, organist Victor Rodriguez-Guerrero left the band and was replaced by Cora Foxx. In the fall of 2009 the band self-released a tape entitled Tapes Volume 1 Tentacles Era, featuring home recordings, previously unreleased demos and other rarities. The tape is to be the first in a series of very limited hand-made releases by the band.
On October 15, the band released its third album, Nothing Is Real, on the boutique Los Angeles label Innovative Leisure.
- Jonny Bell – bass, woodwinds, vocals
- Andrew King – guitar
- Kevin Stuart – drums
- Victor Rodriguez - organ
- Errol Davis – guitar, organ
- Cora Foxx - organ
- Damian Edwards – percussion
- Juan Gonzales - Drums
- Stephanie Martinez - Bass
|2008||Crystal Antlers EP CD/LP/Download||Self-Released, Touch & Go Records||S/R version limited to 3000|
|2009||Tentacles CD/LP/Download||Touch And Go Records||-|
|2011||Two-Way Mirror||Recreation Ltd.||-|
|2011||Son of The Mirror 10" Vinyl only||Recreation Ltd.||Limited to 500|
|2013||Nothing Is Real CD/LP/Download||Innovative Leisure||-|
|2006||Parting Song For The Torn Sky 7"/CDR||Majic Wallet||Limited to 500|
|2007||Swamp Song 7"||Backflip||Limited to 250|
|2010||Little Sister/Dead Horses 7"/Download||Self-Released||Limited to 500|
|2011||Summer Solstice 4-Ways 7"||Recreation Ltd.||Limited to 500|
Collections and compilations
|2007||Spanish Archer Compilation CD/Download||Spanish Archer||Featured a cover of Bob Dylan's It's all over now baby blue|
|2008||Trust Us "A Long Beach Compilation" CD/Download||Fidotrust||Featured an alternate mix of the song Arcturus|
|2009||Tapes' Volume No. 1 "Tentacles Era" Cassette||Self-Released||Featured 21 Tracks of demos, work tapes and other rarities|
|2010||Chickens In Love Compilation CD/LP/Download||826 LA||Featured the song "100 Pigs" written by kids with the band|
- Newkirk, Shea (March 5, 2012). "Crystal Antlers". Long Beach Independent.
- Mugan, Chris (January 27, 2009). "Crystal Antlers, Luminaire, London". The Independent.
- Ducker, Eric (April 15, 2009). "Crystal Antlers rolls with the punches". Los Angeles Times (Blog).
- Young, Alex (July 15, 2011). "Crystal Antlers – Two-Way Mirror". Consequence of Sound.
- Larson, Jeremy D. (October 16, 2013). "Crystal Antlers Nothing Is Real Innovative Leisure; 2013". Pitchfork.
Official Website www.crystalantlers.com
- Further reading