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Crystal Fighters / November 2016 English Tour

By on Wednesday, 8th June 2016 at 9:00 am

Now based in London and Brooklyn, Crystal Fighters have announced a massive world tour for this autumn. It includes a short series of dates in England in mid-November, tickets to which will go one sale this Friday, the 10th of June, at 9 AM.

It’s rumoured that their third album, name yet to be known, will be released later this year. ‘Cave Rave’, their sophomore album released in 2013, was well received and cemented their fan base as they toured across four continents. For more coverage of Crystal Fighters here on TGTF, head here.

Friday 11th November 2016 – London Brixton Academy
Monday 14th November 2016 – Brighton Dome
Tuesday 15th November 2016 – Bristol Academy
Thursday 17th November 2016 – Manchester Albert Hall
Friday 18th November 2016 – Liverpool Academy


The BBC at Glastonbury 2014 (Friday): Crystal Fighters perform ‘LA Calling’ at the John Peel Stage

By on Saturday, 28th June 2014 at 1:00 pm

Wherever you will be hanging your hat this weekend, whether you’re joining the sheep at Worthy Farm or you’ve got your feet up in front of the telly, us here at TGTF will have you covered when it comes to Glastonbury 2014. The dedicated people they are, the folks at the BBC will be working all hours during the festival and feeding us live coverage as it becomes available. What does this mean for you? We’ll be passing along all the best bits to you, our faithful readers.

The colourful, rhythmic stylings of Crystal Fighters proved to be just the ticket last night at Glastonbury 2014’s John Peel Stage. Dressed in feathered headdresses and bringing plenty of energy, this video of ‘LA Calling’ is a great example of what the dance band do best. Watch it below.

For more of the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage online, head this way. Stay tuned for more videos from Glasto 2014 right here on TGTF.



Video of the Moment #1557: Crystal Fighters

By on Tuesday, 24th June 2014 at 6:00 pm

Crystal Fighters‘ next single is ‘Love Alight’, which drops the 4th of August via Zirkulo / PIAS. The dance-errific and astrologically inclined promo video, which you can watch below, suits the fun vibe of the song.

Want more on Crystal Fighters on TGTF? Go here.



Live Review: Crystal Fighters at Newcastle University Student Union – 28th November 2013

By on Thursday, 19th December 2013 at 2:00 pm

Of all the cultural detritus left behind by the 1970s – flared trousers, tank tops, Alan Freeman – surely one of the most noted musical aberrations is the drum solo. Still popular with hair metal bands throughout the 1980s, rock (in common with the rest of civil society) underwent an enlightenment-style moment of humble clarity from the ‘90s onwards, meaning the drummer was for many years denied their one moment literally in the spotlight. Crystal Fighters, however, in their quest to visit as many genres of popular music as possible in one night, give drummer Andrea Marongiu as much time as he needs in which to demonstrate his tub-thumping chops unsullied by the indignity of overlaid melodic instrumentation. Much like Dennis Potter’s single cigarette in a glass display case, the very rarity of a decent drum solo gives it an intoxicating, illicit air. A moment which traditionally was a decent excuse to nip to the bar is transformed into a set highlight.

Crystal Fighters are perhaps the perfect Euro-band. They look far and wide for inspiration, both stylistically and geographically, eschewing the shrugged-off cool of many acts in favour of extroversion and even an occasional affinity for the cheesier side of Europop. Despite being a Londoner, singer Sebastian Pringle emerges clad in sequinned Arabesque robes, his head entirely covered in sparkling chiffon, brandishing what can only be described as two bunches of gourds, looking for all the world as if he’s just escaped from a north African souk, and has somehow managed to swap a life peddling overpriced tat to naïve tourists for one where he’s the frontman of a successful dance-rock combo.

Crystal Fighters jamming

It’s no coincidence that in this context he appears a shamanic figure, exhorting the crowd to uplift themselves, transcend their earthly cares and spread the love. This well-refreshed university crowd need little encouragement to join the love-in; the gig is effectively a soundtrack to their journey of spiritual enlightenment. And Crystal Fighters are well-placed to supply it – what they lack in mental challenge they make up for in euphoria-inducing melodies and arrangements. Let’s start with the hits. ‘Plage’ is almost childlike in its content and delivery, having only a handful of lyrics and based around a simple ukulele riff, heavy with references to hearts and love. ‘At Home’ is a fascinating lunge for the Mediterranean beach-bar market – five minutes of nailed-on Euro-chill-out-pop which attempts to transcend language barriers by making most of its vocal content: either “oh-oh”s, “yeah-yeah”s, or other nonsensical (but not necessarily meaningless) vowel sounds. The question is, not how well it’s done – very – but whether an English-speaking audience might ask for a bit more insight with their cheese.

Crystal Fighters Sebastian hands

As the evening wears on, the tempo increases. The tone of ‘Love Is All I Got’ is self-explanatory from the title – the platitudes “wake your soul with love in the morning / feed your soul with love in the evening / expand your soul with love on the weekend” are set to the classic euro-house instrumentation of kick drum, white-noise snare and filtered synth lines; this is band-as-Ibiza-DJ-set-climax. And whilst that might be the final crescendo of most bands’ sets, Crystal Fighters have yet another level to reach for. ‘Follow’ is nothing less than an ambitious blend of Omar Souleyman’s techno-dabke, eastern European klezmer and western drum and bass. The room likes it – a lot. And after almost two hours, and countless genres, they’re gone.


Video of the Moment #1414: Crystal Fighters

By on Friday, 13th December 2013 at 6:00 pm

Crystal Fighters‘ newest promo is for the happy, peppy song ‘Love Natural’. I was worried where this video was going because it looked like it was all hedonism with no consequences, but near the end, the protagonist does realise something’s wrong, being left alone under a cloud of feathers to deal with his feelings. I know. That sounds trippy, doesn’t it? Watch the video below.



Video of the Moment #1382: Crystal Fighters

By on Friday, 15th November 2013 at 6:00 pm

Crystal Fighters have an amazing animated video for previous single ‘LA Calling’. The guitars at the start remind me of Little Comets, and the video itself reminds of…wait for it…something I might have watched in university biology class. Watch it below.

The band start a UK tour next Thursday the 21st of November in Brighton; the Brighton, London and Bristol dates are already sold out.



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