CRYSTAL LAKE – “HOW TO GO TO SLEEP (200?)
A number of years ago, side effects I was the editor on a documentary feature called “Friends Forever”, look which I consider to be one of the best things I’ve ever worked on. The thing actually got a real DVD release from a real DVD company, erectile and played on the Sundance Channel. The company who put it out was called Plexifilm, who sez:
Friends Forever (the band) never plays inside rock clubs. Instead, they play inside their van outside the club, to stunned bystanders. Nate (drums), Josh (guitar), Jen (lighting) and their three dogs don’t think twice about traveling thousands of miles across the country to play one 15-minute show in a loading zone. FRIENDS FOREVER (the documentary) captures their smoke-spewing, generator-powered rock world, and the tour that has them crisscrossing the U.S. in search of the perfect parking spot. No audience is too small, or too baffled, to skimp on the performance when you’re on “a mission to save rock.”
I first saw the band Friends Forever in 2000, when they played live on KXLU 88.9fm. I was DJ on the college station at the time, and got to witness one of the crazies things I’d ever seen: a two-man band with a smoke machine, filling the entire room with smoke — for a radio performance! It was not only incredible, but they filled the place with so much smoke that I could (no joke) not even see my own hands in front of my face. This eventually set off the smoke alarms on the entire floor, and a squad of firemen slowly strolled into the studio after about 15 minutes, asking “Okay, who’s got the smoke machine?” From that moment on, they were one of my favorite bands, and became quite good friends of mine to boot.
In the film, directed by Friends Forever superfan Ben Wolfinsohn, who was a friend of mine at the time, we see Nate and Josh criss-crossing the country during a U.S. tour in 2000. Accompanying them was their “light girl”, Jen, who triggered their elaborate lights-and-smoke-machine rig that they would bring with them. Jen was quite an unusual girl: soft-spoken, yet unnerving in the succinct brilliance of the few things she would occasionally utter.
A few years later after the film was made, Jen, under the moniker Crystal Lake, made a bizarre “self-help” record, a kind of faux-hypnosis therapy thing called “How To Go To Sleep”, released on Nate from Friends Forever’s small label N.G.W.T.T. (which stands for “Nothing Gets Worse Than This”.)