I also picked up the Pains of Being Pure at Heart single along with this no brainer because I've been hearing so much about those guys and I'm really curious to hear them for the first time the way I always want to experience new music...as a 7" vinyl single. I can concentrate and focus on two sides and hopefully hear what they feel is the strongest song and maybe something to show their range and willingness to experiment. This goes for the Stilts one as well.
I'm not telling you anything you don't already know, just wanted to make sure you still had a chance to get in on this first pressing of the Stilts single on white vinyl.
Both are available from Slumberland records, where you can also hear samples of what's in store for you on the 7"'s.
Crystal Stilts burst out of Brooklyn in 2008 to become one of the most talked about bands in years. Perfecting a sound that ably mixes post-punk gloom with classic 60s pop & garage, Suicide-ish 50s buzz/twang and a dash of 80s jangle, Crystal Stilts capped the year with the release of their amazing debut album, Alight of Night. Rightly recognized as one of the best albums of the year, Alight won rave reviews all over the place, from Pitchfork to The Wire to Brooklyn Vegan, Stereogum and Exclaim. Tours with Vivian Girls and Love Is All only added to the excitement, building anticipation for Crystal Stilts’ next record.
We’re thrilled to be able to bring you this ace single, featuring two brand-new songs not to be found on their album. Love Is A Wave is a firm favorite of the band’s live show, a perfect two-minute pop nugget in the best punk rock tradition. Fired by an insistent fast-strummed riff, an eager beat and barely-contained feedback, Love Is A Wave is an instant classic that stands tall with tunes like “Never Understand” and “I Heard Her Call My Name” in the noise-pop pantheon. B-side Sugarbaby is no slouch either, sounding for all the world like The Clean if they had been produced by Lee Hazlewood back in Arizona in the late 50s. With a spookily evocative keyboard line, breathless backing vocals and undistorted twang, Sugarbaby could be from 1959, or 1969, or 1989. But it’s pure 2009, and another great example of how Crystal Stilts have managed to mine rock’s past and create something entirely new and crucial for today.