Crystal Beth & the Boom Boom Band

“….fare perhaps best described as world music from an imaginary planet….quite compelling and magical….” (Seattle Times)

“Crystal Beth creates her own sonic cult through stage thrashing her way through “cathartic hardcore purge pop,” and wielding psychedelic clarinet melodies and bethnic chants.” (The Stranger)

“If you’re getting tired of music that’s even remotely formulaic, {Crystal Beth} is for you. Her experimental mixing of genres is powerful and refreshing.” (Seattle Weekly)

CRYSTAL BETH & THE BOOM BOOM BAND – A ferociously powerful, psychedelic clarinet and primal scream fronted rock band – Crystal Beth* spits electric fire and cleansing water in dense currents of bethnic chants created to unblock your nervous system and drop that dopamine!

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 art punk, brandishing a sword of Boom Boom liberation – sweaty, trance inducing, heart-pouring – these are sonic cupcakes for your soul.

Known for pulling listeners in off the streets and into some deeply emotional release states, and dance-y good times, the project was described by one audience member as “what happens if you cross Frank Zappa, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, and Janice Joplin,” and by another as “some crazy combination of Bjork & Mike Patton, but with a voice truly her own.”

The Boom Boom Band features Crystal Beth (aka: Beth Fleenor) on clarinet & vocals with Tristan Gianola / Kathy Moore (guitar), Michael Owcharuk (keyboard), Isaac Castillo (bass) and Adam Kozie (drums).

“You can find {Crystal Beth} 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 {her} own, paired with percussive “Bethnic chants,” are set over freely drawn jazz figures and world-y rhythms.” (the Stranger)

“Crystal Beth & the Boom Boom Band are what happens when accomplished jazz musicians decide to take a reckless holiday in the rock realm. The Seattle group—led by the feral vocalizing and bass clarinet of Crystal Beth and featuring the flagrantly virtuosic guitar of Tristan Gianola—assay a kind of artful, deranged rock that recalls the Dirty Three and the Geraldine Fibbers at their most agitated and, alternately, at their most lugubrious. Check out the waltz-time rager of “Flesh” off Yugen 3 for evidence of the former.” (the Stranger)

*Crystal Beth is a psychoactive stimulant that increases alertness, concentration, and energy, and in high doses, can induce euphoria, enhance self-esteem, and increase libido.

 

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When performing without the Boom Boom Band, Crystal Beth (solo) spins sound using voice, clarinet, loops and effects, weaving a participatory aural ritual that encompasses urban tribal chants, alien disco breaks, heart gushings, and robot love songs.

Believing that “art is the discipline of being,” Crystal Beth seeks to use sound to open the channels of communication between and within individuals and environments.