Crystal and the Wolves | Shapinska Rock

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Shapinska Rock

by Crystal and the Wolves

This imaginative record weaves catchy roots pop songs with soaring vocals and inspiring lyrics. Nearly every genre of american music is assimilated into Shapinska Rock.
Genre: Pop: California Pop
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1. Peace, Even.
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2. Mala Vaca
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3. Merry Mary Contrary
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4. Lucky Girl
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5. Daughter's Little Wins
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6. Axis
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7. Called Off the Borders
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8. Time of Languages
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9. Lullaby for Shai
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10. Old Oak Tree
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11. Natural Law (Continual Peak)
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12. So Called Holy Ladders
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13. Maimouna
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The idea of Shapinska Rock began to take shape when a house fire destroyed all of Crystal's belongings except her guitar. A few days later, she was sent to Europe by a company that could no longer afford to pay her after two weeks. Jobless and homeless, Crystal seized the opportunity and remained in Europe for half a year. She roamed the streets of Denmark, Czech Republic, UK and Spain, with her guitar, notebook and a simple recording set up. Each newly written song arose from an aspect of the imaginary Shapinska Rock world.

Crystal came back to the US determined to develop the songs into an album. She met producer/multi-instrumentalist Filippo DeAngelis a few months after her return and they began production. As recording progressed on the album, the Wolves started playing infectiously fun live shows in the San Francisco Bay Area in May 2005. By the end of the summer the band had completed their first tour, including a benefit show at CBGB in NY to save it from closure, and independently distributed over 2500 copies of "Shapinska Rock Sampler EP", a six-song taste of the debut album. The record Shapinska Rock features an upbeat pop/rock sound with dynamic singing and inspired lyrics.

Shapinska Rock is a world that creates endless opportunities to make the most of any situation. Every atom of Shapinska Rock is immersed in joy. Both physical and immaterial, it embraces all forms of life and music emanates from its core.

This album is dedicated to every heart. Thanks for listening!


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Mick At Midnight

Great Album
This is some really great stuff. She has got true talent and passion, you can feel it when she sings.....I highly recommend this cd!!

Kathryn Vercillo, Sure Shot Magazine

Crystal and the Wolves Howl Through the Genres
The sounds of Crystal and the Wolves can not be summed up by any easy label. Perhaps the best summary is the album title of Shapinska Rock, described as being “a world that creates endless opportunities to make the most of any situation”. The lyrical references Crystal makes to Gillian Welch and Ani DiFranco in Lucky Girl hint at her musical influences, but this belies a range of musical expression which includes bluegrass, ballads and ballsy dance tunes. The folksy country side of the band is heard on Daughter Little Wins and Lullaby for Shai, songs with sound reminiscent of Kate Wolf and Iris DeMent. Hints of Beatles classic pop rock influence are apparent in Called Off the Borders, while the more intense rock of Patti Smith is evoked in Merry Mary Contrary. Throughout all of their different sounds, Crystal and the Wolves maintain a strong sense of their own identity as a band, led by Crystal’s smooth voice and supported by strong lyrics about the Shapinska Rock world. It shouldn’t be long before the Lucky Girl lyrics “She’s a famous girl/ Got lots of friends and fans” apply to her. Top 8 Indie Album for June 2006.

Ian Tsan, Grape Juice Records

Powerful
Crystal and the Wolves have wiggled into America's music scene at just the right time. The young and old alike need a breath of fresh air. Crystal is that fresh air. These songs are tended with an amount of care that is apparent to all age groups and walks of life. Feel good music that's smart, powerful, and danceable: smart enough to convince you she's put in her musical time; powerful enough to make you think; and rockin' enough to make you dance. "Shapinska Rock" is surely my pick for most anticipated album of 2006 thus far.

Herb and Gabbie

So Filled With Color
Crystal and The Wolves rock! My girlfriend, Gabriel and I, went to their CD release performance last night and it was a wonderful and memorable experience.
Crystal has the voice of an angel and the heart of a saint that, when combined with her powerful and smart lyrics, along with Fils flawless drum beats, make them a band that everyone must see.
As Gabriel so aptly put it, Crystal and the Wolves are "so filled with color."
Thanks for a great show Crystal and Fil, and rock on!

Full Frontal Recordings

One of the best albums
I have this beauty sitting in my player and turned up loud. The more I hear this band the more I like - They are very original and Crystal writes some great songs. There´s 13 tracks on here and with the vast Blues, Jazz and Country influences in the sound - This album gripped my attention from start to finish. Every track is different and how they´ve structured them is very clever and shows what quality musicians they are. The music certainly compliments Crystals excellent vocals. You just have to listen to Crystal sing - Her vocal range is very wide. A modern day Kate Bush maybe? Production wise is the best and packaging is the tops. Probably one of the best albums I´m ever going to hear. ***Album of the Month*** 11/10

Nina Jo Smith, Redwood River Music

Rhythm, melody, spirit, their debut album has it all
Crystal and the Wolves’ alt-Americana music is sunny but not saccharine. The lyrics are political but not preachy. Crystal herself beams joy and wit into every note she sings. Rhythm, melody, spirit, their debut album has it all. The band is a walking, talking peace declaration. Between men and women, people and our earth. With songs like, “Called Off the Borders” and “Maimouna,” I dare you to resist singing along as they clear the cobwebs from the dark corners of your soul. But can you dance to it? Oh yeah. To paraphrase Emma Goldman, “I *can* dance to it and this *is* my revolution.” As the guys exclaim at every show, “Crystal is HOT!” With this album, everybody knows it.