The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. Add citations directly into your paper, Check for unintentional plagiarism and check for writing mistakes. Need to save your citations for later? Producer Kath and vocalist Glass first collaborated in 2006 on the track “Alice Practice”, a proof-of-concept which was initially shelved for six months. After being posted online, this track garnered attention and the duo decided to re-form for a formal release. Glass announced her departure from the band in October 2014, citing personal and professional reasons. In April 2015, a new Crystal Castles track, “Frail”, was released featuring new vocalist Edith Frances. Ethan Kath met Alice Glass in Toronto and asked her to record vocals over tracks he had been working on since 2003. This resulted in the track “Alice Practice”, which was initially shelved for six months but garnered much attention when finally posted online.
The pair then decided to formally become a group, picking out stage names together, with the name ‘Crystal Castles’ pulled from a line in the cartoon She-Ra: Princess of Power: “The fate of the world is safe in Crystal Castles. Several limited edition 7” vinyl singles followed in 2006 and 2007 on various independent labels, including two on London’s Trouble Records. In February 2008, Kath said his aim was to “make the most annoying sounds ever scream over and then we’ll try to open for Melt Banana”. In April 2010, an early mix of the album leaked, prompting the label to release prior to the originally-planned date of June. The album was moderately successful charting in the UK at number 48, the US at number 188 and number 25 in Australia. The first two singles were “Celestica” and “Baptism”. Third single “Not in Love”, featuring Robert Smith from The Cure, became the band’s highest charting single to date.
In March 2012, Crystal Castles announced their relocation to Warsaw to begin recording their third album. In October 2014, via a Facebook post, Alice Glass announced that she was leaving Crystal Castles, that the band was finished, and that she intended to pursue a solo career. Crystal Castles’ manager assured fans that the band would continue without her. On April 16, 2015, Ethan Kath released a new Crystal Castles track, “Frail”, featuring a new vocalist named Edith Frances. On July 2, 2015, another new song, “Deicide”, was released. 24, 2016 they played two sold out shows in London. In early 2016, the band was included in the announced lineup for the 79 Cents event at SXSW, a concert showcase organized by Tumblr to highlight women’s income disparity. In an interview with The Verge, Glass stated her opinion that Kath wasn’t a suitable person to be performing at a feminism-centric event.
Shortly after, the band was removed from the lineup. Crystal Castles’ musical style was described by reviewer Jack Shankly as “ferocious, asphyxiating sheets of warped two-dimensional Gameboy glitches and bruising drum bombast that pierces your skull with their sheer shrill force, burrowing deep into the brain like a fever. To listen to Crystal Castles, according to the BBC, “is to be cast adrift in a vortex of deafening pain without a safety net. With the release of their second album, their music became more aesthetic and more sharply focussed, mixing synth pop and loud rock sounds with increasing skill. During recording of their third album Ethan Kath decided to forgo the use of computers, and ditched their old synthesizers and keyboards. They also recorded each track in one take. This gave their new recordings a significantly different sound, less practised and more original. Crystal Castles performing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2009. Crystal Castles have headlined numerous tours in the U.
In May 2008, Crystal Castles headlined the NME New Noise tour across the UK. Crystal Castles performed at the Glastonbury Festival in June 2008, where the on-stage antics of Glass which included her climbing the stage rigging and constantly stage-diving, led to the organisers curtailing their set. Crystal Castles also played various European summer festivals including England’s Reading and Leeds Festivals. They were expected to return to the UK in September 2008 for a headlining tour but dates were moved forward due to recording commitments. The band also played Connect 2008 and in October they played at the Iceland Airwaves festival. They supported Blur on the first of two comeback shows in Hyde Park, London in July 2009. Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee Friday June 12, 2009. Back in Toronto in July, Crystal Castles performed at the Sound Academy as part of the TIME Festival. Crystal Castles in Helsinki, Finland, in June 2011. Crystal Castles headlined Hard Festival 2010, a summer tour to Oakland, LA State Park, Denver, Austin, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, New York, Baltimore and Finland.