Packed in to a sweaty room you could feel the audience’s anticipation to here the punk churlishness. A uniquely, raucous sound that provoked rapturous riots within the crowd, they did not disappoint. Working off the hype from their 2008 record ‘Alight of Night’, the five boys hit the stage with 'Sycamore Tree' from their new sophomore album ‘In Love with Oblivion’.
The noise from the crowd ceased to listen to the blend of post-punk and garage pop that was being played. There was a real sense that everyone was there for the music and nothing else. The mood was similar to what I imagine being at Woodstock in 1969 was like. Reminiscent of spooky sixties psych but more cramped! Influences from The Doors ‘This is the End’, Jim Rein and early Smiths came through.
Lead singer Brad Hargett seemed relaxed and to be having fun. I enjoyed watching his subtle jives as the music and night progressed. Hargett’s whole persona was dreamy, singing with his eyes closed, like he was in his own world.
As individual artists they played amazingly well, without the need for much interaction. Their only downfall, without any fault of their own, was the crowd turning sour when a young, mysterious girl, who seemed to have had one to many, jumped on to the stage and swayed around until she was removed. After this occurred we really got to see their true personality come through, which created even more good vibes. So much so, Hargett did keep his faraway demeanor even when a drink was thrown over him.
The band seemed to have a deep passion and understanding of pop culture, continuously delivering with each song. I particular enjoyed ‘Through the Floor’ and can see it being extremely popular. At times I did think they sounded a little lost, but overall the experience left me feeling like I had just witnessed something pretty memorable. Proving the Crystal Stilts are most defiantly making a stir in the music world. Their new album ‘In Love with Oblivion’ comes out April 11th and is definitely worth a listen!
Words by Vicki Carr
Photography by Suzie McCracken