Crystal Bats

Crystal Bats

BandPop

Although some of our heroes are Scritti Politti, Steely Dan and Hall & Oates - and we like shiny 1980s suits - we are not in the business of pastiche and do not consider ourselves retromaniacs. We think there is a difference between understanding the inherent ridiculousness of pop music, and being actively ridiculous yourself. This is why we wrote a song about wanting to buy a girl an ice cream ('Never Gonna Happen', which is on Spotify here). In summation: we do mean the sentiments in our pop s

Biography

Crystal Bats are two young men called Will; Will Vaughan and Will Jones. They are named after the evil chiroptera in The Dark Crystal, and are based in Henstead, Suffolk. Will Vaughan comes from Lowestoft (the decrepit, collapsed-industry seaside town famous for birthing Tim Westwood, Benjamin Britten and The Darkness), whereas Will Jones grew up in Beccles (a rural market town that was recently included in a Top 10 list of the least ethnically diverse towns in Britain). Despite being born in the same hospital, they didn't actually meet until they were 13 and attending the same comprehensive school. This is when they decided to avoid being duffed-up and/or stabbed, by spending every lunchtime in the music room, hoping to teach themselves how to write pop songs.
Like most people in music, Mssrs. Will V & Will J have been in many, terrible bands before they formed Crystal Bats - including but not limited to: terrible rock, terrible psychedelic jazz fusion, terrible atmospheric-broken-chord-suspension-based pop-rock, and terrible funk. Then they decided to form a tight-knit pop duo and make the ultimate synthesis of all music that had gone before. If you were Kirsty Lang and asked them to rescue one desert island disc from the waves, it would be the one written by Green Gartside.
Crystal Bats' HQ is Toad Row Studios, which Will & Will have decorated with miniature toy pianos, arcane synthesisers, Chinese fans, peacock feathers, tassled lamps, flock wallpaper and an executive desk that has a green leather top. Henstead's village owl can often be found outside and it is here that Will Vaughan and Will Jones write and record all Crystal Bats' music. When they need to get an airing, Will & Will like to go on rainy afternoon walks to explore de-consecrated churches. This is when Will Jones' degree in medieval history can come in useful.
Despite being a couple of pale, flamboyantly dressed ponces, Crystal Bats are very much male men. For example, in the mid-1990s, Will Jones passed a swimming exam by walking across the bottom of the pool (to this day, he carries this secret with him). LAD. He also captained the Beccles Rhinos Rugby Football Youth Squad to an historic defeat against the notoriously inept Southwold RUFC (he was not asked to captain again). LAD. Similarly, Will (Vaughan) was once fielded as centre forward for Gisleham FC. The boys lost 10-0. LAD. He is also the proud owner of no fewer than FIVE Thetford Chase Walk bronze medals (he continues to walk daily). LAD. They are not, however, Four Proper Lads Here To Give The Charts A Kick Up The Arse.

Debts to Pleasure...

Crystal Bats are no strangers to ART and enjoy the following kinds of music:

Gaucho - Steely Dan
Cupid & Psyche 85 - Scritti Politti
The Nightfly - Donald Fagen
Hot Rats - Frank Zappa
The Dreaming - Kate Bush
Fahrenheit - Toto
Sign O The Times - Prince
Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk - Jeff Buckley
Freehand - Gentle Giant
Fotheringay - Fotheringay
Focus 3 - Focus
Low - David Bowie
Today! - The Beach Boys
The Band - The Band
Private Eyes - Hall & Oates
The Payback - James Brown

They have also read and understood the following books:

F. Scott Fitzgerald - Babylon Revisited; The Cut-Glass Bowl
Truman Capote - Children on their Birthdays; In Cold Blood
John Updike - Rabbit, Run; Here Come the Maples
Chekhov - The Beauties, On the Road
Philip Pullman - His Dark Materials Trilogy

If you came to visit Crystal Bats, they would take you to:

West Stow Anglo Saxon Village
Strangers' Hall, Norwich
Norwich Cathedral
Toad Row Studios, Henstead

Notable Music Industry 'Achievements':

Crystal Bats' video, for Tonight - filmed on a budget of fifty pence - was shown, nationwide, as part of the BBC Music Video Festival.
Crystal Bats have been shortlisted for 2012's MTV Brand New Unsigned competition.
They were first interviewed for the French style blog Style Papers, which you can read here.
Crystal Bats' first gig was at Latitude Festival, in 2012.
Will Vaughan studied sound under Guy Chambers and Paul Epworth, and he records other bands at Toad Row Studios, where Crystal Bats are based.

Discography

Tonight - Oct 13th 2011 - Barefeet Records only
Stranger EP - Apr 21st 2012 - Spotify
Arabella - Nov 5th 2012 - iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3

Set List

5/6 songs (20/25 mins)