Crystal Fighters juxtapose the eerie flavour of traditional Basque folk music with churning basslines and catchy energetic vocals, resulting in a jubilant and uplifting sound unlike any other. They offer raved-up, percussive folktronica, veering from Fischerspooner-style euphoria to Animal Collective-toned delicacy, underpinned by a progressive contemporary London bass sound. Though their distinctive production techniques take in all this and more, Crystal Fighters draw a broader and more profound influence- the energy and wild liberty of the ’80s Spanish/Basque anti-todo youth movement, including the songs of bands such as Eskorbuto, Sinistro Total and Golpes Bajos.
Lauded debut album, “Star Of Loveâ” was released by Atlantic Records in 2012. The stunning collection of songs explores the themes in their singer Laure’s grandfather’s writings, which are the main inspiration for their music and the reason the band exist today. These include the unfathomable mystery of the universe, the turbulent journey towards being at peace with death, the triumph of love, and the omnipotence of the sun.
The breakneck energy and captivating beauty of their dramatic live performances has drawn worldwide applause, with Mixmag declaring them to be “the single most exciting live show in dance music.” The band recently performed at this yearâ SXSW not to mention selling out venues from Miami to New York City, San Francisco to Los Angeles.