The Crags have recently dropped another great record of hazy, desert-noir, psychedelic rock music, and will celebrate the release of “Watch For the Sun”. Five records in and they’ve developed a productive formula. Every record they’ve made is a solid product, and this one is no different: The songs are punchy when they want to be, thanks to Lillyquist’s surf-rock jabs, while also drifting along at a dreamy pace.
Bryant Liggett is a freelance writer and KDUR station manager
“Desert Haze” is an album that marks the band coming into their own, a record made by a band confident in a sound they’ve worked at creating and owning, a sound Ford refers to as “psych-a-desert rock.” It’s safe to say that nobody sounds like The Crags, a claim any band putting out original music strives for.
The word “psych” may lead listeners into the world of “psychedelic” music that gets lumped into the jam-band world, but this is far from jam-band meandering. Think more of fuzzed-out and reverb-drenched guitars combined with the desert-noir music of a band like Calexico; they’re a rock ’n’ roll band that can be ambient and dreamy while also being punky and aggressive. With the guitar playing of Lillyquist and Ford’s vocals, they’re a bouncy surf-rock band that can also be dark and daring
The Durango Herald- July 2019 Bryant Liggett is a freelance writer and KDUR station manager: