Long Beach, California’s Crystal Antlers have had a revolving door of spontaneously combusting band members. At one time they had the picture perfect indie-rock lineup including a cute female keyboard player and a wild and crazy black guy. They were signed by indie powerhouse Touch and Go Records in 2008, but the imprint unexpectedly folded shortly after releasing Crystal Antlers’ debut album Tentacles. Now the band is back to four, sometimes five, dudes and have self-released their sophomore album Two Way Mirror. This new record combines pop sensibility with their trademark lo-fi psych and punk amalgam that makes for some remarkably accessible numbers. Raymond Pettibon of Black Flag fame even cobbled out the cover art. Color caught up with singer/bassist/mastermind Johnny Bell in his lush back garden, just returned from Crystal Antlers’ latest world tour.
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