Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands! In the end it was a (long overdue) dogfight between CB and Red Nova, who is just amazing and is finishing up a tour of Japan. Crystal Bright is our first repeat winner – Missy and Chelsea took honors in the second battle. Crystal Bright will receive a check for 500 dollars; each of our four awesome finalists, including Red Nova, Caitlin LeBlanc, and the awesome Bill Madison will receive a 50 dollar Sam Ash gift card. We have a lot of exciting upcoming news, beginning with our feature on Basheba, October 1! In the meantime, enjoy Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands performing “Especially Your Mother” and make sure to visit all of our finalists on facebook:
So August 2013 came and went in blur, and law school kind of kicked our publication schedule in the teeth – but the good the news is we’ve a got a glut of great contest submissions. The Battle of the Bands is now closed to entries, and we will resume running the finalists starting NOW. What better way to challenge the awesome Red Nova, and what better way to come back, than with Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands? Those of you who’ve been with us know that they were the champions of our first 500 Dollar Battle of the Bands. We would LOVE to put them head to head with Missy and Chelsea (or better yet, on a double bill) somewhere down the road. For now, just consider them on the short list of “Bands that we will suck up to until we launch our record label” (2014 – its coming!). Without further ado, here’s their 2013 entry, Especially Your Mother:
It has been a very busy year for Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands, with over 150 shows from Canada to Austin, TX and New Orleans to Nashville in support of the latest release, “Muses and Bones.” Bright is rising through the ranks quickly and performed with the North Carolina Symphony in 2011 on an arrangement of her song “Toy Hammer,” at SXSW and Savannah Stopover in 2013 where she was highlighted by Savannah Now as one of the “Must See” acts, and will be featured as one of the On the Rise performers at FloydFest 2013. The group has an eclectic, haunting but yet whimsical, carnivalesque world folk sound. Singer/Songwriter Crystal Bright plays accordion, musical saw, concertina, piano, Taiko drum, adungu (Ugandan harp), and various others, leaving people captivated with her operatic & soulful vocals and virtuoso command of her exotic instruments. Together, the band “creates an uncommonly dignified circus sideshow or a melodramatic, gorgeous Eastern European street performance. Think Kate Bush with Tom Waits’ sense of humor, or maybe a Tim Burton film with the steampunk quotient maxed, alternating between reckless klezmer and enormous gothic ballads.”
drunkenmermaid.com: Who are your biggest influences these days?
Crystal Bright: Tom Waits, The Tiger Lilies, PJ Harvey, Lhasa de Sela, Yann Tiersen, The Gotan Project, Michael Nyman, Tori Amos, Flamenco, Children, Dreams
drunkenmermaid.com: It’s been about a year and a half since we last “spoke” – which of your songs or albums is your favorite to date?
Crystal Bright: “Muses and Bones” is by far my favorite album so far. There was so much time and love put into it and it really encompasses all of my different sounds to date.
drunkenmermaid.com: What makes you unique?
Crystal Bright: I really play and write from my heart instead of trying to play a certain “genre.” I really love to collaborate with different kinds of artists, dancers, and performers. I am a crazy multi-tasker and love to play many different instruments from around the world.
If you need proof and Especially Your Mother didn’t do it for you, here’s Drowned Out that won the 2012 Spring battle:
drunkenmermaid.com: What has been your biggest challenge/hurdle to date?
Crystal Bright: Keeping a steady line up of musicians that can go on tour with me constantly and still have jobs. It’s been pretty stable for a year now, which has been great!
drunkenmermaid.com: What has been your best experience to date?
Crystal Bright: There isn’t just one, but I really love all of the new friends that I’ve made from touring. It has been amazing. Also, playing with the NC Symphony on one of my songs was pretty amazing.
drunkenmermaid.com: When is your next song/album coming out? What can you tell us about it?
Crystal Bright: I will hopefully have an EP out by the end of 2013.
drunkenmermaid.com: Are you working on any videos?
Crystal Bright: There is a live DVD of one of our Cabaret shows being worked on right now, so can’t wait to see that! It involved silk aerials, acrobats, fire dancing, burlesque and a lot of other dance while the band played live.
We can’t wait! – drunkenmermaid.com