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Crystal Antlers

From Long Beach, California to the shabby, daubed bunk beds at the Arena venue in Vienna: Crystal Antlers opened the doors of their bedroom-for-one-night for us on this early-March day and gave us an impression of what everyday life of a band on tour looks like. The setting in the bedroom – with all its political slogans and band logos scribbled on the walls and bedposts – is rather reminiscent of an advanced school trip than of the stereotypical image of cool and dirty Rock’n’Roll lifestyle. When Crystal Antlers have found their places on the three-storied bunk beds it though looks like they don’t want to leave anymore. They improvise before, during and after their songs, add longish endings and unknown parts and explore the possibilities of a set without amplification. The acoustic approach adds a charming, so far unheard fragility to their burning, apocalyptic sound on stage and records.

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  • Posted: April 26, 2009
  • Camera: Michael Luger
  • Sound Recording: Matthias Leihs
  • Post-Production: Simon Brugner
  • Photography: Simon Brugner