Crystal Castles

Canadian electronic music group

Crystal Castles was an experimental electronic music duo from Toronto, Canada. It was made up of producer Ethan Kath and vocalist Alice Glass. The band has released three albums, all named Crystal Castles, in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Their first album made the NME list of the 50 greatest albums of the decade, placing at #39.

Crystal Castles
Crystal Castles performing in 2010
Crystal Castles performing in 2010
Background information
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada[1][2][3][4][5]
GenresExperimental, electronic, noise, Chiptune
Years active2004–2017
LabelsLies Records, Merok, Trouble Records, Lovepump, Fiction
Past member(s)Ethan Kath
Alice Glass

Break up and allegations change

On October 24, 2017, Glass said that when she was in the band, Kath had abused her. Kath has denied this.[6] On December 21, 2017, Toronto Police Service said there was an open Sex Crimes unit investigation on Kath.[7] Glass and four other women would later say that Kath had sexually abused them when they were teenagers and he was in his twenties.[8]

Glass said that she hated her time in the band and asked fans to not continue supporting it.[9]

Members change

Additional live members:

  • Christopher Chartrand – drums (2008–2017)

Former live members change

Past spare live members:

  • Cameron Findlay – drums (2007–2008, currently playing in Parallels)
  • Mike Bell – drums (2008–2009, currently playing in Lymbyc Systym)
  • "Yes" Tom Cullen – drums (February 2008, currently dj-ing as Yes!Tom)

Discography change

Videography change

  • "Magic Spells" (2008) (directed by Video Marsh)
  • "Courtship Dating" (2008) (directed by Marc Pannozzo)
  • "Celestica" (2010) (directed by Rob Hawkins)
  • "Baptism" (2010) link (directed by Rob Hawkins)

References change

  1. "Crystal Castles plot North American tour". NME. Retrieved 2008-01-29.
  2. Peterson, Dave. "Health at the Biko Co-Op". Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved 2008-01-29.
  3. Bimm, Jordan. "The top ten 2007 singles you haven't heard". The Varsity. Archived from the original on 2008-03-04. Retrieved 2008-01-29.
  4. "Music Listings". The Vancouver Sun. Archived from the original on 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2008-01-29.
  5. Sperounes, Sandra. "Expect an Epic performance at Rexall". The Edmonton Journal. Archived from the original on 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2008-01-29.
  6. "Alice Glass Accuses Crystal Castles Co-Founder Ethan Kath of Rape and Assault; Kath Responds". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 16, 2023.
  7. "Ethan Kath of Crystal Castles Under Sex Crimes Investigation, Police Confirm". The Daily Beast. Retrieved October 16, 2023.
  8. "The Indie Rocker Accused of Sexually Abusing Young Fans". The Daily Beast. Retrieved October 16, 2023.
  9. "Alice Glass says she is being "gutted" over Crystal Castles royalty payments". NME. Retrieved October 16, 2023.