Crystal and the Wolves

Crystal and the Wolves

BandAlternativeAmericana

Eclectic roots pop weaving soaring vocals with catchy melodies and uplifting lyrics

Biography

This whole thing started when a house fire destroyed all of Crystal's belongings except her guitar. A few days later, she was sent to Europe by a company that could no longer afford to pay her after two weeks. Jobless and homeless, Crystal seized the opportunity and remained in Europe for half a year. She roamed the streets of Denmark, Czech Republic, UK and Spain, with her guitar, notebook and a simple recording set up. Each newly written song arose from an aspect of the imaginary Shapinska Rock world.

Crystal came back to the US excited to develop the songs into an album. She met producer/multi-instrumentalist Filippo DeAngelis a few months after her return and they began production. As recording progressed on the album, the Wolves started playing infectiously fun live shows in the San Francisco Bay Area in May 2005. By the end of the summer the band had completed their first tour, including a benefit show at CBGB in NY to save it from closure, and independently distributed over 2500 copies of "Shapinska Rock Sampler EP", a six-song taste of the debut album.

The record Shapinska Rock features an upbeat pop/rock sound that touches on all styles of american music, and combines soaring melodies with great singing and inspired lyrics. What does Shapinska Rock mean? It is a world that creates endless opportunities to make the most of any situation. Every atom of Shapinska Rock is immersed in joy. Both physical and immaterial, it embraces all forms of life and music emanates from its core.

Shapinska Rock was released May 11, 2006, and the album has been played on college and small commercial radio stations around the US, such as MFVR (Decatur, AL), KJCC (San Jose, CA), WHQO (Augusta, ME) , KWLA (Many, LA), KMSC (Moorhead, MN), KDWG (Dillon, MT), WVLF, (Malone, NY), Electric Eye Radio (Rye, NY), CKLU (Sudbury, ON, Canada), 'Nette Radio (Austin, TX), KGY (Olympia, WA), WOCO (Oconto, WI), KASL (New Castle, WY), WPMD (Norwalk, CA), WOSP (Jacksonville, FL), KKCR/KAQA (Hanalei, HI ), WBKE (N Manchester, IN), CFCR (SASKATOON, SK), WIUV (Castleton, VT), KTCV (KENNEWICK, WA), KYTV (formerly KYSC - Yakima, WA), KABF (Little Rock, AR), WRBC (Lewiston, ME), WJCU (Cleveland, OH), CFUR (Prince George, BC), KYMC (CHESTERFIELD, MO), WQMC (Flushing, NY), WUPJ (Johnstown, PA), WEXP (Philadelphia, PA), WGDR (PLAINFIELD, VT), WSRI (Eau Claire, WI), WSHC (SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV). In March 2006 they played during SXSW in Austin, Texas and went on to tour the east coast in April. In August/September 2006 they will tour both the USA and Europe.

Lyrics

Lullaby For Shai

Written By: Crystal Eastman

If the lights don't find you
Oh, well

'Cause if the lights don't find you
You don't have to mind it
Just go make them your merry self

And if the good earth leaves you
Oh, well

No, you don't ever ever have to say
Things don't go your way
And you don't ever ever have to walk
That awful woeful walk

And if the angels dismiss you
Oh, well

For if the angels dismiss you
You don't have to miss them
Oh just go make them
Your merry self.

No you don't ever ever have to say
Things don't go your way
And you don't ever ever have to walk
That awful woeful walk

Merry Mary Contrary

Written By: Crystal Eastman and Fil DeAngelis

Far flung repertoire
Deep in her reservoir
Of countless hooks
And endless books

Mary, Mary quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
She's got a small garden in her house

A simple stone
A ripple, a drone
Poised like a cliff
Catch her riff

Mary, Mary quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
She's got a small garden in her house

Not a miracle
Nor even an oracle
Not a healing balm
But somewhat calm

Mary, Mary quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
She's got a small garden in her house

She always responds
I have no crown
But I'm merry
And contrary

Mary, Mary quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
She's got a small garden in her house

So Called Holy Ladders

Written By: Crystal Eastman

The common man has become intelligent
I hear him explain to the ocean
He's says leaders send us off to battle
For some petty fancy frill
But they tell us
It's for things righteous

But I can see they are lying to me
Thieves stealing spirit with so-called holy ladders
They build their throne bone by bone

The country bumpkin's conquered ignorance
I hear him exclaim to the ocean
He says fifty trademarks bark at me
Blocking my sight to the sea
Industry vows to make me happy

The man unlearned now knows to discern
I hear him whisper to a juniper
He says many a fake spiritual master
Pretend to understand forever
But to make us believers
They turn us into haters

But I can see they are lying to me
Thieves stealing spirit with so-called holy ladders
They build their throne bone by bone
But not my own
I will not build their thrown.

Discography

May 11, 2006: Independently released album "Shapinska Rock"
July 2005: Independently released Shapinska Rock SamplerEP

Set List

Crystal and the Wolves can play up to 2 hours of original music.

Songs include:
Daughters Little Wins
So Called Holy Ladders
Sneaky Ghoul
Mr. Kovolu
Dictatorship Blues
Maimouna
Lucky Girl
Peace, Even.
Axis
Old Oak Tree
Called Off the Borders
Collar or Halo
Come on Foe
Lullaby for Shai
Time of Languages
Warning
Merry Mary Contrary
Natural Law (Continual Peak)
Woman Don't
Flesh
Getting Stronger Day by Day
Glory Alleluia