Crystal Antlers got together because their high school music teacher was being investigated for child molestation. As absurd as that sounds, it actually starts to make sense in context of the world that is Crystal Antlers. It’s a place in which guitarists take kickboxing sabbaticals to Thailand, albums are crafted in a tour van using a boom box and a four-track, and vans are powered by restaurant grease.
Unfortunately, Crystal Antlers’ world also includes the near demise of their record label, Touch and Go Records, as it announced earlier this year that it would be closing down its distribution arm and suspending any new releases until further notice. Despite (or maybe because of) their eccentric circumstances, this Long Beach six-piece has managed to join a growing number of musicians that are gaining popularity through a little DIY elbow grease and online buzz.
In this video spotlight, vocalist/bassist Johnny Bell and guitarist Andrew King talk about their songwriting, future plans, and their outlook on the future of bands in an industry that is redefining itself.
The text version of the entire interview is on the way. Special thanks to Bree for transcribing the whole thing.