“Five Minutes With” indie dream rock band Crystal Eyes

Crystal Eyes is an indie dream rock band with touchstones of psych, shoegaze, 60’s pop and 90’s grunge. Drawing on a vast array of musical influences, landscapes and collaborations, they craft soft happy/sad rock. Their newest album, The Sweetness Restored, described as a ‘feel-good self-help record for the age of existential dread,’ was recorded in Montreal with production/engineering from Andrew Woods (Woods Andrews/The Operators), co-production support from Basia Bulat and mixing by Mark Lawson, a Grammy-Award-winning engineer/producer.

Crystal Eyes
Photo by: Walter E. Neuman

Name:

Crystal Eyes

Genre:

Indie Rock/Shoegaze/Psych

Founded:

2016

# of Albums:

2 full-lengths, 1 EP and 1 split (with Marlaena Moore)

Latest Album:

The Sweetness Restored

Latest Single:

Wishes

Latest Video:

Favourite musician growing up:

Sonic Youth

Favourite musician now:

Literally impossible to choose. If you count the stats, Katy J. Pearson was my #1 artist last year.

Guilty pleasure song:

Anything musical theatre, anything country, and I will dance to any pop song.

Live show ritual:

Garlic fries from the Palomino. And vocal warm-ups.

Favourite local musician:

Lab Coast

EP or LP?

I love the journey of an LP.

Early bird or night owl?

Both! I am a morning person but I also love staying up late.

Road or studio?

Studio. There’s nothing more fun.

Where can we follow you? 

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Spotify | Bandcamp

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Rapid Fire Calgary Qs

Favourite local restaurant:

Pho Dau Bo in Forest Lawn for best pho. Also the vegan nacho cheese and a mezcal cocktail at Vegan Street Taco Bar in Inglewood. Lulu bar when I’m feeling fancy. Cinnamon Indian for ordering in.

Favourite street in your city:

8th ave in Inglewood in the summertime, so many cute gardens.

Favourite park in your city:

Calgary has SO many nice parks, it’s one of the best features of the city. I’ll go with the slightly lesser known Pearce Estates Park — it has river rapids and lots of wetland habitat for bird watching.

Favourite music venue in your city:

The Palomino – they’ve got bands, they’ve got BBQ, it feels like a bar that would be at home in Austin, Texas. I just saw a show at the old Planetarium theatre (now an art gallery, Contemporary Calgary) and it’s a super cool space, I hope more live music can happen there!

Favourite music store in your city:

I normally hate big box stores, but I gotta give this one to Long and McQuade. There are lots of great record shops in the city too. The Crossroads Farmers Market is a good spot to fill out your collection with classic albums (both records and cassettes).

 

 

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Demian is an Argentinian retired musician, avid gamer and editor for the Montréal Guardian, Toronto Guardian, Calgary Guardian and Vancouver Guardian websites.