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Long Beach sextet Crystal Antlers’ forthcoming Tentacles will ostensibly be the last new album released by Touch & Go. If that indeed proves to be the case, it’s not a bad way to go out: Tentacles is a baker’s dozen fuzzed, sweaty, and swinging psychedelic, expansive, and noisy garage rock (etc.) tracks. Expanding the scope of the self-titled 2008 EP that got them signed to T&G in the first place, these songs find the guys digging their feet in deeper, showcasing an even stronger reach. The album culminates in the moving 7-minute downtempo, synthesized, echo howled, and free-feedback finale “Several Tongues.” For now, take a listen to something earlier on the program, the bluesy “Andrew,” which we first saw in its live form.

Tentacles is out 4/6 in the US and 4/7 in Europe via Touch & Go. They’re good live:

02/27 – Verona, Italy @ Nuova Interzona
02/28 – Firenze, Italy @ Flog
03/01 – Vienna, Austria @ Arena
03/02 – Lausanne, Switzerland @ Le Romandie
03/04 – Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique
03/05 – Groningen, Netherlands @ Vera
03/06 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
03/07 – Utrecht, Netherlands @ Ekko
03/08 – Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Rotown
03/10 – London, UK @ White Heat, London
03/11 – Sheffield, UK @ The Harley
03/12 – Manchester, UK @ The Retro Bar
03/25 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress &
03/26 – San Diego, CA @ 4th & B, San Diego, CA #
03/27 – Orpheum Theater, Los Angeles, CA #
04/21 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Commodore #
04/22 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox #
04/23 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge #
04/26 – Crystal Bay, NV @ Crystal Bay Club Crown Rm
04/28 – The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA #

& w/ Monotonix
# w/ Cold War Kids

Comments (13)
  1. Well if this track is anything to go by, I think T&G will have a pretty good swan song. The only release I’m more looking forward to this year rhymes with schmizzly bear.

  2. mp3 link is broken

  3. so good.

  4. um, yeah- opening for cold war kids? they suck suck suck so baaaaaaaad. two years from now it’ll be the other way around…

  5. facial hair  |   Posted on Feb 28th, 2009 0

    R.I.P. Touch & Go.

    Thanks for bringing us good listening music.

  6. ummmm  |   Posted on Feb 28th, 2009 0

    how come no one’s made a hootie and the blowfish joke yet…?

  7. five four  |   Posted on Feb 28th, 2009 0

    You might want to try reading that T&G press release again. They are going to continue as a label, but shuttered their distro wing.

  8. am i the only who thinks this band sounds a whole lot like 3 Mile Pilot used to?

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