Crystal Beth unleashes her debut album Push Thru on Trey Gunn’s 7D Media four days ago. Crystal Beth is what happens if you cross Frank Zappa, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, and Janice Joplin. On Push Thru Crystal Beth using wailing vocals, amplified clarinet, beat-boxing and electronics to weave a sonic universe all her own. With the reflexes of a mongoose and the swagger of a leftist John Wayne, Crystal Beth spins her own universe of cathartic hardcore purge pop, brandishing a sword of Boom Boom liberation. A ferociously powerful psychedelic clarinet and primal scream rock band, Crystal Beth spits electric fire and cleansing water in dense currents of bethnic chants, it’s sweaty, trance inducing, and heart-pouring.
Crystal Beth has been described as, «world music from an imaginary planet..compelling & magical» (Seattle Times), «a supremely versatile and virtuosic maverick» (The Stranger), and «one of the most fearless and innovative musicians in Seattle» (Earshot Jazz). Known for crafting aural rituals that encompass industrial chants, alien disco breaks, heart gushings, and robot love songs, Crystal Beth redefines the possibilities of the voice and clarinet in tight experimental pop songs and undulating, cathartic noise cries. Crafting moments that ricochet between meditation and a full body purge, she is an electric, adrenaline inducing performer voted Seattle’s Best Classical Musician and nominated for NW Vocalist of the Year.
Rooted and defined by singing in her own syllabic language, Crystal Beth began in 2010 and she performs solo using loop pedals and delays, and a five-piece rock outfit (the Boom Boom Band) to craft and explore her idiosyncratic and distinctive original music. Seattle’s The Stranger magazine writes «You can find Crystal Bet} fearlessly indulging her wildest creative inklings whenever she materializes in a musical forum…Crystal Beth & the Boom Boom Band falls somewhere between the grisly skronk-punk of Stickers and earthy freak-indie of tUnE-yArDs, but even fans of those left-of-center acts will be thrown for a loop. Wailing vocals not bound to any conventions but he} own, paired with percussive Bethnic chants, are set over freely drawn jazz figures and world-y rhythms».