The Crystal Casino Band Releases Official Music Video for “City That Sleeps”

cover art for Maryland House

Los Angeles, CA – January 17, 2023 – As they prepare to release their new album Maryland House later this month, The Crystal Casino Band has released the official music video for their recent single “City That Sleeps” – PRESS HERE to watch. The new video, directed by Maura Fallon, perfectly encapsulates the essence of the song, which highlights the transient nature of the people who call Washington, DC their home and its effect on their relationships with those they are close with romantically, written and sung by the band’s guitarist Jarrod Hendricks. Maryland House, due out January 27th, marks the sixth overall full-length album from the rising DC-based indie rock quartet, who have amassed over 10 million streams on Spotify – PRESS HERE to pre-save Maryland House.

 

“We’re excited to share the official music video for ‘City That Sleeps,’ which focuses on the second verse’s vignette of Emily and Jane,” explains Hendricks. “Their close friendship harbors deeper emotions than those of a platonic nature for Jane and she struggles how to confess these feelings to Emily, all the while daydreaming of what their life could be like together.”

The Crystal Casino Band – Pete Stevens (guitar, vocals), Joey Mamlin (drums), Jarrod Hendricks (guitar), Jordan Mullaney (bass) – will officially celebrate the release of Maryland House on Thursday, February 9th with a headlining show at the 9:30 Club in their home city of Washington, DC. TCCB will also head to Columbus and Chicago in May for more headlining gigs; see below for dates. Tickets for all upcoming shows are on sale now; visit www.crystalcasinoband.com/the-shows for more info.

Maryland HouseThe Crystal Casino Band’s most complex and varietal album to date, is a winding journey with unexpected turns that showcases their love for the DMV (DC/Maryland/Virginia) area and pays homage to their lives as young adults throughout a 13-song indie rock-leaning experience. The new album, produced by Kyle Downes and Jay Nemeyer (Color Palatte), showcases the artistic growth TCCB has undergone since the release of their 2021 album, Not About You, and is unlike anything the four-piece has done before. Maryland House, named for the band’s favorite rest stop along I-95, is the first TCCB record featuring each member on lead vocals as well as a variety of instruments including trumpet, ukulele, mandolin, and harmonica.

Kicking off with “Curfew,” Maryland House opens with the perspective of someone in the DC area detailing the events at The Capitol on January 6, 2021. From there, “Twenty-something Socialist,” a mainstay in the band’s live shows, raises the energy as Stevens sings about the jaded young progressives of America trying to make it in the world while billionaires use their wealth for expensive vanity projects. The grit of “Socialist” continues on “Jamie” discussing the actions of a flaky friend who never follows through on what they say they’re going to do. The forthcoming collection also features the already released tracks “Boys & Girls,” “Until The Sun Comes Up” and “Antlers.” Full track listing for Maryland House below.

Formed in 2015 as a group of friends at the George Washington University, The Crystal Casino Band, originally named The Colonies, began their sonic journey heavily influenced by the likes of The Strokes and The Black Keys. Over the course of their college years and a few lineup changes, the band’s sound transformed to combine their initial influences with the vibes of early 2010s-era indie that littered Tumblr dashboards and increasingly introspective and socially-conscious lyrics. With this turn to introspection and social awareness, the independent quartet grew uncomfortable with their original name’s imperialist connotations and changed it to their current one in 2020.

Atwood Magazine has hailed “The Crystal Casino Band make effervescent, beat and guitar-driven indie rock akin to contemporaries like Young the Giant, Hippo Campus, The Happy Fits, Wallows, and so on,” adding their 2021 album “hits hard and fast, leaving listeners inspired, invigorated, and stunned all at once.”

Additionally, Earmilk has said, “The quartet draw from highly political topics with a style that’s reminiscent of The Strokes, yet infused with an easy-going, DIY artistry that makes the sound completely their own.”

Maryland House Track Listing

1.    Curfew
2.    Twenty-something socialist
3.    Jamie
4.    Sorry Not Worried
5.    Boys & Girls
6.    Until The Sun Comes Up
7.    Talking Stage ft Divine Sweater
8.    City That Sleeps
9.    Wealth and Riches
10.  Half Staff
11.  Antlers
12.  Quarter Life
13.  Getting Closer

THE CRYSTAL CASINO BAND TOUR DATES

Thursday, February 9 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Friday, May 5 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
Saturday, May 6 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
Photo credit: Cagla Akcadag

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