Crystal Castles

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Crystal Castles have been making experimental synth-pop since 2004. Formed in Toronto out of the minds of producer Ethan Kath and singer Alice Glass, Crystal Castles have made chart-topping singles and earned a reputation for putting on an energetic live... ... read more

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Crystal Castles - Not In Love ft. Robert Smith of The Cure
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Crystal Castles - Crimewave 10,662,155 views
Crystal Castles "SAD EYES" Official 320,039 views
Crystal Castles - Live At Reading Festival 2012 138,224 views
Crystal Castles "Baptism" at Lollapalooza 2011 38,166 views
Crystal Castles "AFFECTION" Official 583,855 views

Crystal Castles Bio

Crystal Castles

Crystal Castles have been making experimental synth-pop since 2004. Formed in Toronto out of the minds of producer Ethan Kath and singer Alice Glass, Crystal Castles have made chart-topping singles and earned a reputation for putting on an energetic live show.

Crystal Castles released their first single, “Alice Practice”, on vinyl in 2006. In 2008, their self-titled full-length debut album was placed at #39 on NME’s “Top 100 Greatest Albums of the Decade”. The Crystal Castles debut peaked at #6 on the US Dance chart and helped the experimental band crossover into the mainstream.

In 2010, Crystal Castles released their sophomore album Crystal Castles (II). The record charted on the Billboard Hot 100 and featured an appearance by Robert Smith of The Cure on the single, “Not in Love”. To honor the duo’s unique sound, Crystal Castles was awarded the John Peel Award for Innovation at the 2011 Shockwaves NME Awards. In 2012, the duo released their third album, Crystal Castles (III), which peaked at #2 on the US Dance chart.

Crystal Castles are notorious for their chaotic live shows and bring out hordes of fans eager to hear singles like “Plague” and “Wrath of God”. Tickets to see Crystal Castles live in concert sell out fast, so beat the crowds of audiophiles and book your tickets as soon as you can.

Crystal Castles User Comments

Nikki L. Jul 19, 2013
I once had a very vivid dream of a wild dance party in a room covered in mirrors, filled with light and haze, with exclusively Crystal Castles' first album blasting from the ceiling. I should have seen them when I had the chance back in 2008. Before they turned into...whatever the hell they are now. Bands evolve, I understand. It's just so unfortunate that Crystal Castles didn't make more music closer to their original sound between the release of their first and second albums. They're a pretty polarizing band, and I think most people fall into the two camps of Crystal Castles I and Crystal Castles II. I personally prefer the more hardcore, screaming, elektro dance music of their first record to the ambient, experimental, often droning work on their second. As it stands, I have no desire to see Crystal Castles anymore. In fact, the very mention of them upsets me. They would inevitably play their newer material, and I will be bored and say they sold out and get a huge amount of backlash from the shoegaze IDM fanatics out there. It's really such a shame that their one glimpse of what I consider genius lasted for so short a period of time, when they toured and produced so little. I long for the day they play one throwback show of their first album and nothing else. Who knows if they're even the kind of band that would last long enough in the mass psyche to warrant that level of nostalgia. For now, I just have to settle for blasting Crystal Castles I in a dark closet, pretending it's the glass palace of my dreams. That's how sad new Crystal Castles makes me.

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