Cincinnati grown soul-singer, song writer, pianist, guitarist and teacher spends 2015 performing session work for various artists in Ohio, Atlanta, LA, Nashville and New York, as well as publishing songs under Major and Indie labels. Lamb will be touring the Midwest while she writes for her 2015, new project release. You can catch her solo and full band act in Cincinnati on a regular basis.
Out in the woods she lived, all alone. At least that’s what it felt like, never belonging to any one group and having a penchant for the oppressed. Crystal did not come from a musical family, and unlike so many children who are forced into music lessons, at age seven she practically ran away to her piano teacher’s house down the street – books in her basket – pedaling as fast as she could down the gravel road – dust flying behind.
When she was still young, a little demon told her that she shouldn’t sing, that it sounded better when she just played the piano, but she was determined to ignore the demon and sing her heart out anyway. But sometimes the influence of the demon rendered her silent and still, and her hands seemed to be void of life.
As she grew up she traveled the world, dancing with the Romani people of Spain, residing in an “anarchist” collective, working in Yellowstone, and above all else learning about other cultures and their music. It was in Greensboro, NC in 2010 that she met what would become her first Silver Hand. Diego Diaz had witnessed her previous band that took him to another time and place, and he wished to contribute his haunting and ethereal guitar sounds to the music she began writing a few months before. It was around this time that Crystal’s hands began to grow back, and in less than a year collaborated with the North Carolina Symphony on an arrangement of her song “Toy Hammer” for their 2010 New Year’s Eve program at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh. She is constantly performing, has played over 500 shows in the United States as well as Quebec and has played alongside Beats Antique, Rising Appalachia, Autumn Owls, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, The Love Language, Adam Arcuragi, Larkin Grimm, Pearl and the Beard and many more.
“Muses and Bones,” her second album, will cast you into an otherwordly, ethereal, hauntingly familiar yet strange landscape, ranging from deranged Cirque du Soleil to burlesque European Carnival. Within Crystal’s unconventional song structures, you’ll hear her inspiration from P.J. Harvey and Björk, and a deep love for Yann Tiersen and the Gotan Project. Her lyrics and melodies portray the world as a dark and strange (and often funny) place deeply connected to fables and imagination. Stories such as “Little Match Girl” and “The Misplaced Zygote: Down the Wrong Chimney” convey folklore lessons that address phases in women’s lives where they need to be conscious of staying true to their intuition. Songwriting begins in many different ways, including inspiration from refrigerator magnet poetry or going to the movies alone at midnight, but is mostly a channeling process that happens late at night when the veil between reality and dreams is the thinnest. Expect the unexpected.
Seibold the Terrible is a ‘one-man-band’ version Seibold. Best known as the creator and front-man of the post-punk/industrial group, Hate Dept., he has been a notable fixture in Pigface, Damage Manual, Berlin and Information Society. Both as an artist and producer, he has released commercial albums on both major and independent record labels. Hailing from Los Angeles, California before relocating to North Carolina and now Indiana, his unaccompanied performance features a hand-made foot drum, beat-up guitar and raucous style. As always, using edgy humor to ground himself and his audience, Seibold has secured his footing as a roaring rocker as well as a keen storyteller.