Crystal Castles

Launching a brutal sonic assault on the ear drums, Toronto duo Crystal Castles mix the euphoria of rave with the ferocious snarl of punk to create storms of thundering electro noise. Allegedly, founding member Alice Glass ran away from home at the age of 14 and was living in Toronto squats before meeting Ethan Kath, a guitarist playing in Stooges and GG Allin covers bands. When Kath later saw Glass playing in her gothic punk band Fetus Fatale, he asked her to add vocals to electro recordings he'd made on a homemade synth, using part of an old Atari sound chip, and so Crystal Castles was born. Named after She-Ra's fortress in the cartoon He-Man, the band's riotous live shows quickly attracted attention with Glass becoming a completely fearless, unhinged front woman - screaming, stage-diving and clambering on top of speaker stacks. Their status grew when the band appeared in an episode of Channel 4's teen drama Skins playing single Alice Practice, before debut album Crystal Castles (2008) was acclaimed as one of the albums of the year and Glass topped the 2008 NME Cool List. Recorded in Iceland, Ontario, Detroit and London and nominated for the Polaris Music Prize, second album Crystal Castles II (2010) had a more melodic, spaced-out sound, featuring samples from Sigur Ros and an unusually delicate collaboration with The Cure's Robert Smith on Not In Love. III was released in 2012 but just two years later Glass announced her departure from the band, expressing an interest to persue solo projects. Kath put out a brand new track, Frail, featuring an unknown vocalist called Edith Frances. The new duo set out playing shows in London and produced a brand new album Amnesty I.

Related Artists

Stations Featuring Crystal Castles

Please enable Javascript to view this page competely.