If you’ve never heard the Spanish music/ dance hybrid Crystal Fighters, the best place to discover them is live in concert. That much was clear after their enveloping, energizing performance at L.A.’s El Rey Theatre on March 31.
The band is touring in support of their new album Everything Is My Family and their show certainly had a warm, familial vibe throughout. With their three singers front and center, it’s hard not to get swept up in Crystal Fighters’ communal choruses and the energy the group maintained throughout their 90-minute set clearly came from a place of passion and sincerity.
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That earnestness is a big part of the band’s appeal. Songs like “Love Is All I Got,” “Yellow Sun” and “At Home” come from a place of deep, sincere emotion, and Crystal Fighters’ show felt like a celebration of community in the broadest sense; dedicating a song to their late drummer Andrea Marongiu, the band asked the crowd to join hands and shout in tribute to those no longer with us.
In the context of the show, the gesture came off as touching rather than maudlin, and the entire concert felt like a celebration of life and light in the face of growing darkness. If you know their interesting origin story, that sentiment has always been their mission. And it's something that has to be experienced in person.
Check out a slideshow of the concert in the gallery above. Crystal Fighters will play a two-night stand at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on April 5 and 6; click here for tickets and visit the band’s website for a full list of upcoming tour dates.