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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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  • Jupo23

    How do you people call yourselves fans and loving Crystal Castles if you can forget a founding member in a blink of an eye. Alice was the vocalist of the band, its persona and very presence, and for that she deserves some dignity. Its not nice to see the two part ways in an unkind manner, but Im happy to see the band isnt over and will continue supporting both.

    47 minutes ago Reply
  • luyeon

    Ethan does not need Alice G. Because Ethan is Crystal Castles [22]

    2 hours ago Reply
  • lukemds

    As much as I love Ethan and CC as a whole project I don't think he's utterly right. I understand maybe she wasn't involved in recording or writing the songs, but dude, everyone that went to a crystal castles gig knew their live performances were the thing, and Alice's talent and stage presence are undeniable. She did a lot for CC.

    2 hours ago Reply
  • Scabbsie

    In love with Frail, just really wish it was Alice on vox.

    9 hours ago Reply
  • White_Len

    People bashing ethan because he was doing most of the job lol. As much as I love alice ethan will do just fine without her, the new song is a proof of that

    10 hours ago Reply
  • notinllove

    Ethan does not need Alice G. Because Ethan is Crystal Castles [21]

    10 hours ago Reply
  • LucassEchart

    Ethan does not need Alice G. Because Ethan is Crystal Castles [20]

    Yesterday 9:34pm Reply
  • Valaro

    C A T F I G H T

    Yesterday 9:10pm Reply
  • GrantSaylor

    the same people who are saying that ethan is crystal castles are the same ones who thought the band was over when alice left...

    Yesterday 8:55pm Reply
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    Yesterday 7:52pm Reply
  • laryoverkill

    me diz então ethan , o que baptism e plague significam pra vc

    Yesterday 7:51pm Reply
  • laryoverkill

    what bothered me is that Ethan gave no credit to her ... that was so selfish

    Yesterday 7:48pm Reply
  • purpIeflowers

    frail is cool but i'm gonna miss alice bc i have no idea how that new vocalist's going to perform at the stage. i'm sure she's not as charismatic as alice was.

    Yesterday 7:04pm Reply
  • grunge1ofil

    Kath has no class, unfortunately.

    Yesterday 5:19pm Reply
  • Ichigottta

    Crystal Castles (2003 – ∞) [151]

    Yesterday 4:27pm Reply
  • Ichigottta

    Ethan does not need Alice G. Because Ethan is Crystal Castles [19]

    Yesterday 4:24pm Reply
  • danygot

    I love Alice Glass, but she is not necessary in studio versions. Now I want to see if Edith has a good stage presence as Alice. She gave the identity of CC on the stage, and you guys know that.

    Yesterday 4:08pm Reply
  • tvncs

    Ethan does not need Alice G. Because Ethan is Crystal Castles [18]

    Yesterday 3:58pm Reply
  • Antonius_Fire

    Ethan does not need Alice G. Because Ethan is Crystal Castles [17]

    Yesterday 3:35pm Reply
  • leviw94

    I'm glad Ethan decided to carry on without Alice, but honestly if he had not stated that 'Edith' was on vocals for this new track, I would of thought it was an old unreleased demo with Alice on vocals. I'd like to see this new girl bring something different to this band than Alice.

    Yesterday 3:32pm Reply
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