Crystal Antlers

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Crystal Antlers
Crystal Antlers at Debaser in Stockholm.jpg
Crystal Antlers at Debaser in Stockholm, Sweden
Background information
Origin Long Beach, California
Genres indie rock, neo-psychedelia, psychedelic rock
Years active 2006–present
Labels Innovative Leisure
Website www.crystalantlers.com
Members

Jonny Bell
Andrew King
Kevin Stuart

Former Members
Errol Davis
Victor Rodriguez
Cora Foxx
Damian Edwards

Crystal Antlers is an American band from Long Beach, California.

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

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.[1] 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)[edit]

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.[2] 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.[1]

Tentacles was released on April 7, 2009, as the last new release issued by Touch and Go.[3] The band spent the rest of 2009 touring the US and Europe in support of the release.[1]

2010[edit]

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.

In February 2010, the band briefly moved into a barn in La Punta Banda, Mexico, to begin writing for its next album, Two-Way Mirror,[1] which was released in summer 2011.[4]

2013[edit]

On October 15, the band released its third album, Nothing Is Real, on the boutique Los Angeles label Innovative Leisure.[5]

Members[edit]

Current
  • Jonny Bell – bass, woodwinds, vocals
  • Andrew King – guitar
  • Kevin Stuart – drums
Former
  • Victor Rodriguez - organ
  • Errol Davis – guitar, organ
  • Cora Foxx - organ
  • Damian Edwards – percussion

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums

Year Title Label Notes
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 -

Singles

Year Title Label Notes
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 & Compilations

Year Title Label Song/Notes
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

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c d Newkirk, Shea (March 5, 2012). "Crystal Antlers". Long Beach Independent. 
  2. ^ Mugan, Chris (January 27, 2009). "Crystal Antlers, Luminaire, London". The Independent. 
  3. ^ Ducker, Eric (April 15, 2009). "Crystal Antlers rolls with the punches". Los Angeles Times (Blog). 
  4. ^ Young, Alex (July 15, 2011). "Crystal Antlers – Two-Way Mirror". Consequence of Sound. 
  5. ^ Larson, Jeremy D. (October 16, 2013). "Crystal Antlers Nothing Is Real Innovative Leisure; 2013". Pitchfork. 

Official Website www.crystalantlers.com

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