Crystal Stilts Are Sort of Like a Less Annoying Interpol
by Dave Segal
on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 9:54 AM
(Barboza) Crystal Stilts live in New York City and record for Sacred Bones, which makes them ripe fodder for a VICE magazine feature and sneering accusations of being a "hipster" band. And one can imagine hearing Crystal Stilts brooding heavy-liddedly over the PA of an Urban Outfitters. They're like a less dull and annoying Interpol, cheekily channeling monochrome UK groups like Joy Division, Jesus and Mary Chain, and Felt for people who weren't alive during those bands' heydays. (Crystal Stilts' 2011 album title, In Love with Oblivion, perfectly captures JD and JAMC's gestalts.) The Stilts are supporting their new album, Nature Noir, loaded with more of Brad Hargett's lugubrious-guy vocals and slightly brighter guitar textures. There's even one freaky tune ("Darken the Door") that's in waltz time. With Zachary Cale and the Woolen Men.