Blocked Numbers





What do you want out of your pop music? Should it be smart? Should it be stylish? As their label (Suicide Squeeze) describes, Crystal Skulls are out to give you both with their debut release, Blocked Numbers. At 34 minutes, Blocked Numbers runs quickly and takes a couple of listens to get past the clean pop sound they’ve mastered and onto the subtle intricacies of the album. The transitions are smooth and seamless, while the repetitive beats and melodies back up the crooning voice of Christian Wargo. Listen for the tracks “Hussy”, “Every Little Bit”, and “Weak Spot”. You’ll be hooked on Wargo’s ability to compliment the rise and fall of the rhythmic guitars. This band won’t make you pump your fist in the air, because as their name suggests, they’re playing a more delicate rock game here. Blocked Numbers is the kind of album you lounge back and bob your pretty little hipster head to while drinking an imported beer. If that seems to verge on style zealotry, then take a listen to the album's lyrics. Wargo takes you through stories of redeemed hussies (“Hussy)” and lying, but convincing, playboys (“Hard Party”). Sometimes on dark territory, the laid-back music and Wargo’s vocal precision keep the stories just at, but very handsomely never, over the line into tongue-and-cheek humor. In “Every Little Bit,” Wargo sings “There’s no way we can make it out together.” How sad, right? Close, but it’s the bouncing bass and guitar that, well, just makes you want to smile and take another sip of that Stella. Thanks, guys. Stylish? Very. Smart? Well I don’t know them personally, but Crystal Skulls gather up all of the subtle sensibilities of pop rock and toss them together to make a debut album that’s sleek and fun.

Crystal Skulls
Suicide Squeeze

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Blocked Numbers