Crystal Fairy is the new hard rock supergroup featuring multi-instrumentalist Omar Rodríguez-López (the Mars Volta, At the Drive-In), singer Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes) and Melvins' guitarist and drummer, Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover. The band's new self-titled song, "Crystal Fairy," offers a rough, guitar-driven sound similar to those bands. Gender Bender showcases her vocal range on the wild tune, from elastic shrieks to a manic spoken-word section.
The whirlwind track previews the band's self-titled debut LP, out February 24th on Ipecac. In a statement about the album, Gender Bender said the material "just came out like a flying saucer" during a one-day recording session. "It was so impressive to see how all we all experiment with one another," she added.
In October, Crystal Fairy announced the 11-track set and released "Drugs on the Bus," a blast of sludgy stoner-metal, and followed last month with the punk-leaning "Chiseler." The quartet recently announced a run of five concerts, with their debut show scheduled for February 21st in Santa Ana, California.
The members of Crystal Fairy first united during a joint Melvins/Le Butcherettes tour last summer. Gender Bender regularly joined Melvins to cover Bikini Kill's "Rebel Girl" onstage, while Rodríguez-López – who previously produced and collaborated with Le Butcherettes – joined for part of the trek.
"Sometimes, Omar and I would fantasize [about] being able to form a power together," Gender Bender said in a statement. "Before we knew it, we were writing music in the studio (both in El Paso and L.A.) and birthed a magical little gem that I am extremely proud to be a part of."
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Crystal Fairy (Melvins, At the Drive-In) Share New Song “Crystal Fairy”: Listen
Crystal Fairy—the supergroup featuring Melvins’ Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover, At the Drive-In/The Mars Volta’s Omar Rodríguez-López, and Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes—are set to release their self-titled debut on February 24 via Ipecac. They have now shared the album’s title track. Stream “Crystal Fairy” from Crystal Fairy below, and check out Crystal Fairy’s upcoming tour dates. The song follows previously released tracks “Chiseler” and “Drugs on the Bus.”
02-21 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory Constellation Room
02-22 San Diego, CA - Casbah
02-23 Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriet’s
02-24 Los Angeles, CA - The Troubador
02-25 San Francisco, CA - Slim’s