Crystal: Sex Rich – single review
Glasgow’s Crystal release their hard hitting new single Sex Rich, bringing together grunge, rock and punk in one hard-hitting track. Louder Than War’s Roxy Gillespie takes a look at this new addition to the myriad pool of Scottish talent.
Seeing Crystal live it beggars belief that they only really came to the public’s attention in 2016 when they opened for Paolo Nutini at his Night Afore gig as part of the Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations. They are both vocally and musically accomplished and have a meaty, no-nonsense sound to quicken the heartbeat of the most languid listener. Having already brought out one single, Heaven, they now grace their fans with a second offering, the tornado of sound that is Sex Rich.
Sex Rich is a masterful showcase of the talents of this four piece outfit. Chugging, rhythmic guitars at the start of the track, proving the perfect back drop to Anna Sheilds’ punk princess voice. There is a feel of some of the old female punks here – Siouxsie or Ari Up, but Anna’s vocals stretch even further, ranging from saccharine sweet to sultry and demented. The track drives on, cracking the whip with its shouty, infectious chorus. Some gorgeous guitars even get to take precedence towards the end before the whole entourage kick in again, shoving the song to its close.
The video is slightly less intense than the single and was recorded in 2016. The single can be found here on Spotify. If anything it shows that the band have evolved and gained confidence, bringing added force and passion to their music. The current line up seems to be working well, with the real heavy grunge/rock sound coming to the fore. Already tipped as ones to watch in 2019 by Vic Galloway for BBC Introducing, Crystal have an extremely exciting year ahead and already form part of the Stag and Dagger line up. Sex Rich is something quite special and deserves to push this excellent band further into the spotlight.