Crystal Antlers :: ‘Rattlesnake’

CrystalAntlers-'Rattlesnake'Long Beach psych-rockers, Crystal Antlers have been largely silent as of late, as they ready their fourth full-length album, Nothing Is Real, due out this fall. The So Cal band’s last album, Two Way Mirror, went largely unnoticed but boasted some quality, genre-bending tracks, in line with what they’ve been doing since their first release in 2008.

Blending psychadelic rock, with straight-up rock, and traces of hardcore that mesh nicely with the band’s ethos of organized chaos, such as on Two Way Mirror‘s title track, and that philosophy is ever-present on their first single, ‘Rattlesnake’, off their next album.

The slow burning ‘Rattlesnake’ shifts and morphs along what one can visualize as a dry, empty desert – surprising as it starts out with a slow, even bass riff and vintage organs, before it erupts to a rocky wall of noise led by singer Jonny Bell screaming, “Rattlesnake!” over sceeching guitars and pounding drums and bass.

The tempo is surged up for that power chorus before it not-so-subtly switches back to the slow burner that ‘Rattlesnake’ is at it’s core. It’s a good metaphor for a band who often employs hard rocking elements, but ultimately is powered by mellow, slow rock and good songwriting.

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