Long Beach, California's Crystal Antlers
have been all over the place lately. It really seems as if people can't get enough of them, which makes perfect sense considering they have just released their debut LP, Tentacles
on Touch and Go Records
. The album definitely lives up to all the expectations people had after hearing their first EP. "Andrew", the first single from the record, has been getting an extensive amount of play around these parts and the band has just released their debut video for the song. The video goes perfectly with the song. Various nature shots merge seamlessly into footage of the band performing, to create a psychedelic, yet cohesive video. - Greg Lozoff
The band started as a 3 piece, Kevin Stuart (Drums), Errol Davis (Guitar) and Jonny Bell (Bass/Vocals) in late 2006 in Long Beach, California. Stuart, Davis, and Bell met while attending a music class in High School. Later, the three all worked together as chimney sweeps for an eccentric boss who helped them purchase musical equipment in exchange for learning cover songs.
The first single was recorded at Closer Studio in San Francisco. The A-side of the single was the first song written by the band "Parting Song For The Torn Sky" which was later re-mixed and included on the band's first EP. The B- side featured a cover of Blue Cheer's version of Mose Allison's "Parchman Farm" which had to be included as a condition of the agreement with the label Majic Wallet.
After the band recorded the first single, Victor Rodriguez-Guerrero joined the band on Organ. In 2007, the band added another addition, Damian Edwards on Percussion. Damian had been a long time friend of the band, as well as the drummer and leader of a side-project called Black Geisha which featured Bell (bass/vocals) and Davis (keys). Edwards originally joined the band during their first West Coast tour. He had come along as the tour manager and unexpectedly joined the band on stage while performing in Oakland, California.
A second single was released in 2007 under the label Backflip, out of Orange, California. The single was produced by Guitarist Michael Belfer of the influential late 1970s punk/experimental bands The Sleepers and Tuxedomoon and recorded at the legendary, Mama Jo's. The single featured the song "Until The Sun Dies (Part 2)" which was later re-recorded for the EP, backed with "Swamp Song." At the release show for the single, Isaiah "Ikey" Owens performed with the band playing organ.