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Crystalyne navigates from hardships to success

Submitted by on August 12, 2012 – 10:46 amNo Comment

Just out with their debut EP in June, ‘Navigate’, Toronto’s Crystalyne has left more people in awe than the sum of albums they have printed.

“We only had three songs written, and we were invited on a four month tour,” said lead singer, Marissa Dattoli.

The tour was no ordinary cross-country stage crawl.

Dattoli’s writing is akin to her past struggles and overcoming of trials and tribulations – the principal reason why they were chosen to play the LiveDifferent “Motivational Experience” tour.

“For our first real tour, it was a real surpise. It was nice to connect with all those kids and show that we’re far from perfect just because we’re in a band or on stage, we’re people too with the same problems.”

The group set stages in 60 schools from coast to coast playing for secondary students. An experience that Dattoli said she took in whole-heartedly.

“I went through a lot in high school, much like I do now. It was amazing to have kids come up after shows and telling us how the songs spoke to them and understanding the feelings.”

If that tour wasn’t enough to celebrate their newly found harmonic unity, Crystalyne earned a spot in this year’s Toronto stop of Vans Warped Tour.

“After we got the EP recorded and finished, we found out two weeks before the day that we were going to play Warped Tour.”

She had been in another band, and for years struggled to get it really going, it was always a case of “maybe next year we’ll play Warped Tour…” as she so simply put it.

After stifling attempts of creative prosperity with her previous musical endeavor from Much Music’s Disband, Good & Broken, Dattoli now has the poetic control to write from the heart.

Their music is both catchy and relatable since it speaks to the generation of misguided youth that promise to form the world’s future. Dattoli’s aim with her writing is to share her experiences, heart aches, and finally wisdom from ascertained hardships.

“I had been going through a lot, and it all came out on the road,” said Dattoli. “I had to get away from it all to see the big picture, and writing was my emotional outlet.”

After being cheated on in a recent long term relationship, her lyrics came out honest but harsh in a jaded tone of disillusion. She relates it to Taylor Swift, not as a country artist (since her musical inspirations are Underoath and The Used) but as a person, and admires her lack of diplomacy in song writing, and willful exposure of personal debacles.

“That was my world of vindication. It all went into the songs.”

Two singles from the new EP, “Weapon” and “Wolves,” have already been permeating the online stratosphere racking up tens of thousands of views on the world’s most popular music showcase today – YouTube.

“We’re still building and there’s so much room to grow, because everything came together really quickly.

I’m happy with the success we’ve seen so far and excited for what the future holds.”

Story by Devin Size

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