Crystal Fairy
The lineup that makes up Crystal Fairy.
Background information
Also known as Red Alpha Royale
Origin USA
Genres Sludge Metal, Alternative Rock, Garage Rock, Punk Rock
Years active 2016 - 2017
Labels Ipecac, Amphetamine Reptile Records
Associated acts Melvins, Shrinebuilder, Fantomas, Fecal Matter, Altamont, Nirvana, The Mars Volta, At The Drive-In, Antemasque, Bosnian Rainbows, Kimono Kult, Le Butcherettes
Current members Buzz Osborne
Dale Crover
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez
Teri Gender Bender

Crystal Fairy was a musical project featuring members of Melvins, Le Butcherettes and At The Drive-In. The band's sound drew heavily from punk, garage and alternative with Teri Gender Bender handling the lead vocals, lyrics basing heavily in drugs. The name of the band stems from the Sebastian Silva directed film Crystal Fairy & The Magic Cactus, starring Michael Cera and Gaby Hoffmann.


The project stemmed from the Melvins' Hold It In Tour with Le Butcherettes in 2015, ending each night with Teri Gender Bender (Real name Teresa Suárez) joining the band to sing "Fascists Eat Donuts" by the Pop-o-Pies and "Rebel Girl" by Bikini Kill. At one Le Butcherettes show during a subsequent tour, Buzz and Dale joined the band to do "Rebel Girl". At some point there were talks of making a Melvins lineup with Teri and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez but ultimately choosing to make it a new band entirely, something Buzz said "deserved to have its own identity.".[1]

On 10 October the band released a 7" entitled Necklace of Divorce via Amphetamine Reptile Records featuring two songs from the self-titled album. Right before the 7" release, AmRep put the song "Drugs on the Bus" on their YouTube page.

On 9 December 2016 the band announced the first string of shows (Which would later be canceled due to "scheduling conflicts".) for the new band along with the album cover and release date for the project's debut album, both set for late February 2017.[2] Ipecac would also debut the song "Chiseler" on their YouTube channel and BandCamp. On 17 December it was announced that Crystal Fairy would be performing at the 2017 edition of Psycho Las Vegas along with The Melvins (Though this would be canceled due to "scheduling conflicts".).

Crystal Fairy's self-titled album was released on 24 February 2017 via Ipecac. No live dates have been currently listed or performed as of yet and in recent interviews with The Melvins the project appears to have been put aside.


  • Necklace of Divorce b/w Drugs on The Bus (2016, Amphetamine Reptile Records)
  • Crystal Fairy b/w Chiseler (2017, Amphetamine Reptile Records)
  • Crystal Fairy (2017, Ipecac)



  • 2017 California Tour (2017; Canceled)


  1. themelvins.netAccessed 9 December 2016
  2. themelvins.netAccessed 9 December 2016
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