Like Jack Kerouac, the sad, sad family in The Grapes of Wrath, and generations and generations of burnt-out lovers, Brooklyn post-punks Crystal Stilts are heading West on a vision quest. Crystal Stilts — one of the newest additions to the Sacred Bones family — will be chasing their spirit animal (a rabid bat with a fuzz pedal for a mouth, whose wings are made of tight black jeans; trust me on this one) from Vancouver to Los Angeles this July, teaming up with labelmate Wymond Miles and Mexican Summer artists The Mantles for a couple of dates. Then it’s back to New York, where Crystal Stilts will help preside over the black celebration that will be the Peter Murphy/Small Black show at Brooklyn’s The Well.
If you’re skulking around the flying buttresses of your SoCal gothic cathedral, just cringing in anguish at the thought of waiting several more days to see Crystal Stilts live, well, perhaps the band’s new video for “Dark Eyes” will help tide you over (see below). The video was shot in December 2011 at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, with cinematic magic/acid flashbacks summoned by the divine Jacqueline Castel. (Castel has worked with Zola Jesus, Blank Dogs, Moon Duo and a whole host of Sacred Bones type people.) “Dark Eyes” comes off the band’s recent Radiant Door EP.
07.20.12 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
07.21.12 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl
07.22.12 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
07.24.12 - Sacramento, CA - Luigi’s Fungarden
07.25.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *
07.28.12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah **
07.29.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Part Time Punks at The Echo
08.26.12 - Brooklyn, NY - The Well ***
* The Mantles, Wymond Miles
** The Mantles
*** Peter Murphy & Small Black