UK/Basque-based Crystal Fighters unveil their long-awaited “CAVE RAVE” LP written in the Basque hills – a region integral to the band’s sound and inspiration – available for download (po.st/caveravebuy). Over the course of a two month spell, the band immersed themselves in a creative cradle over which led the group to “transcend musical barriers” (JAY-Z’s LIFE + TIMES) and then journeyed to America to record in Los Angeles with Justin Meldal-Johnsen (the Grammy nominated producer known for work with M83/Air/Beck/Paramore).
“CAVE RAVE” translates to a perfect summer soundtrack, highlighted by a bevy of “feel-good” tunes (The Fader). Opening track ‘Wave,’ sets the tone for the record—a sweeping, grandiose anthem signing of unity and togetherness; “LA Calling” is a rhythmic, sing-a-long homage to the city the album was recorded; and lead single, the “euphoric”, ‘You & I,’ is an upbeat, loved-up acoustic ballad (VIBE).
Lyrically, the sophomore album draws deeper into universal, history-permeating themes of love, death, insanity and hope; using Basque culture as a stepping stone backward to the spiritual and primal. “CAVE RAVE” explores philosophy, anthropology, time travel, spirituality and religion, themes reflected in the stunning album artwork by the visionary artist Paul Laffoley. Overall, the LP stands a thoughtful, contemplative and cohesive album with an adrenal rush, the grandstanding of American road rock, the sweat of disco, the fervent initiative of punk and the house of Iberian twilights.
Halfway through a sold-out European tour, Crystal Fighters have linked up with Yeasayer, Sunless ‘97, Gigamesh, Nathan C, Yellow Claw and Kirk Spencer to premiere a handful of danceable remixes of their buzzing single, “You & I,” in preparation of the party that will be their North American tour with support act Alpine, kicking off on June 1 in San Diego, CA at The Casbah.
“CAVE RAVE” LP
2. LA Calling
3. You & I
5. No Man
6. Bridge of Bones
7. Love Natural
8. We Are One
9. These Nights
CRYSTAL FIGHTERS ON TOUR:
(w/ supporting act Alpine)
May 30 – New York, NY – Private Performance (inquire for details!)
June 1 – San Diego, CA, US – The Casbah (Tickets)
June 4 – Los Angeles, CA, US – El Rey (Tickets)
June 5 – San Francisco, CA, US – Great American Music Hall (Tickets)
June 7 – Portland, OR, US – Holocene (Tickets)
June 8 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Electric Owl (Tickets)
June 9 – Seattle, WA, US – The Crocodile (Tickets)
June 11 – Salt Lake City, UT, US – Urban Lounge (Tickets)
June 12 – Denver, CO, US – Larimer Lounge (Tickets)
June 14 – Chicago, IL, US – Lincoln Hall (Tickets)
June 15 – The Hoxton @ Toronto, ON, Canada (Tickets)
June 17 – SAT @ Montreal, QC, Canada (Tickets)
June 18 – The Sinclair @ Cambridge, MA (Tickets)
June 19 – Webster Hall @ New York, NY (Tickets)