Monday 30 July 2012


Information is a bit sketchy about Krystalnächt. They were a gothy group based in the Holyhead area who played on the Anglesey and Bangor scene regularly between 1986 and 1988. Possibly the most notable thing about them from a historical point of view is that they were the first known musical project of the late Owain "Oz" Wright, who went on to greater fame as Rheinallt H Rowlands.

Oz was certainly the bass player of the group, but on the evidence of the recordings on this, their sole release - produced by Gorwel Owen - it sounds as if he well have also been the singer. The group also had a guitarist/songwriter called Huw and used a drum machine. On occasions, their manager and art director Linda Manning also played with the group, although possibly not on this release. If anyone has any fuller information about the group and their line-up, please let us know!

Outside cover of Krystalnacht cassette

Inside cover / track list of Krystalnacht cassette
Krystälnacht played the legendary Pancake Day party / Andy Warhol memorial concert at Bangor Trax Club on March 3rd 1987, alongside Y Cyrff, The Lungs and Zod Maelstrom. Andy Warhol had died only days before on February 22nd. They teamed up with The Lungs again, and also Fflaps several months later for an event in Bangor University's Jazz Room on October 29th (see posters below).

Poster for Pancake Day / Warhol memorial gig March 3rd 1987 (design: Alan Holmes)
Poster for Bangor gig October 29th 1987 (Design: Maeyc Hewitt)
Krystalnächt - Self Titled cassette EP
1  Aniseed Twist
2  Black Train
3  Sweet Freedom
4  Hanging Judge
get it here

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