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Toronto, Ontario, Canada (2003 – 2014)

Crystal Castles were an band which formed in 2003 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and consists of producer Ethan Kath and vocalist Alice Glass. They are named after the lyrics “The fate of the world is safe in Crystal Castles” and “Crystal Castles, the source of all power” both from the theme song for She-Ra’s fortress. They are known for their melancholic lo-fi sound and their explosive live shows. Their debut album was included in NME’s “Top 50 Albums of the Decade”.

Initally the band was a solo project started by Ethan Kath in December 2003. Ethan later discovered Alice Glass singing in a noise-punk band, and thought he had found the “missing ingredient” to his music. In 2004 Ethan gave Alice 60 instrumental tracks and in April 2005 she recorded vocals over five instrumentals. The band’s first single Alice Practice was actually a microphone test by Glass. She was not aware that the recording existed until London UK’s Merok Records asked to release the track on vinyl. The limited release sold out in 3 days.

In 18 March 2008 they released their debut album entitled Crystal Castles. This album reached #47 on UK Albums Chart, #6 on US Top Electronic Albums, #13 on US Top Heatseekers, and #32 on US Independent Albums. Crystal Castles received great reviews and ranked #39 on NME Magazine “Top 50 Albums of the Decade”. They issued four singles: Alice Practice (1 June 2006), Crimewave (Crystal Castles vs HEALTH) (13 August 2007), Air War (17 December 2007), and Courtship Dating (31 March 2008).


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  • sw1ne

    Better than drugs [2]

    yesterday evening Reply
  • Wonderglue

    "Groups, Skins" Now that's a good joke right there. The only thing you are missing is tumblr. Oh wait.

    yesterday afternoon Reply
  • notinllove

    "Anything that sounds like HEALTH is good" best joke I've ever heard

    yesterday afternoon Reply
  • Dnlphnv

    Better than drugs,

    Yesterday 12:05pm Reply
  • yurizinbitch

    me fode gostoso

    Yesterday 11:26pm Reply
  • MeltingCORE

    Great music!

    Yesterday 6:07pm Reply
  • scannr

    After a few listens I admit I'm loving Edith's vocals.

    27 Jul 4:50am Reply
  • ohsolucky

    then CC should be instrumental now cause Edith's ersatz Alice vocals are ass (except Ethan clearly cares to get vocals on his tracks so he could do better) and if I want to listen to HEALTH I'll listen to HEALTH zzzzzz. they're both making mediocre music right now, that's all.

    27 Jul 4:41am Reply
  • scannr

    @tekbasinaadam Soundwise it was all Ethan. In interviews they said the guitar solo at the end of Birds was the only time Alice played an instrument on a CC track. Alice appears on 7 of the 16 songs on the debut album and they would talk about the lyrics being hers on that album but on (II) and (III) the interviews discuss Ethan's lyrics so something clearly changed after (I).

    26 Jul 11:33pm Reply
  • tekbasinaadam

    I think Alice was the force that made them forward soundwise and lyricswise eventhough Ethan was obviously the better producer/executer of the songs/ideas.I don't know,i think i like Alice's stuff more but i 'm still looking for what CC will do.

    26 Jul 6:28pm Reply
  • Wonderglue

    She didn't. She wrote the lyrics, not the songs. All the songs were done by Ethan. No he doesn't. CC can be instrumental for all i care. She doesn't need a better producer, Jupiter Keyes did the production. It sounds a bit like Health, and anything that sounds like Health is good. She needs better cover photos. That's all.

    25 Jul 5:13pm Reply
  • sw1ne

    I love the new singles so much, can't wait for the IV ❤ [3]

    24 Jul 7:46pm Reply
  • Meskh 5

    24 Jul 1:17pm Reply
  • Hedonarquista

    I love the new singles so much, can't wait for the IV ❤ (2)

    24 Jul 5:20am Reply
  • ohsolucky

    pretty sure Alice said she wrote many of their songs? And yes they do. Ethan needs a better vocalist and Alice needs a better produce. Clearly doing their own thing together was better than doing their own thing solo.

    24 Jul 4:27am Reply
  • Vanisheddd

    just remember

    23 Jul 4:58pm Reply
  • notinllove [4]

    23 Jul 3:48am Reply
  • notinllove

    Ethan does not need Alice to nothing, he makes good music different from her that all he knew was screaming 😊❤

    23 Jul 3:47am Reply
  • yuliavolkova [3]

    22 Jul 6:57pm Reply
  • Wonderglue

    They don't. Ethan never needed Alice to produce music, and Alice never needed Ethan to sing. Both of them were doing their own thing within the project. Alice never wrote any music whatsoever, Ethan never sang apart from the pitch shifting.

    22 Jul 2:46pm Reply
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