"Fusing low-res electronic noise and pop hooks so effortlessly that it can seem accidental, Crystal Castles began as producer/multi-instrumentalist Ethan Kath's solo project in late 2003. Kath got the moniker from the name of She-Ra's dwelling in the He-Man and Masters of the Universe cartoon series; it's also the name of a 1983 Atari video game, which is oddly appropriate, considering that one component of the band's distinctive sound comes from a keyboard modified with an Atari 5200 sound chip. When Kath collaborated with singer Alice Glass on some songs in spring 2005, Crystal Castles' lineup was complete. One of the songs the pair recorded, "Alice Practice," was something of an accident: it was intended to be a demo of Glass testing out a microphone, but its presence on MySpace piqued record labels' interest. "Alice Practice" was released as a limited-edition 7" in summer 2006 on Merok Records, also home to Klaxons; its 500-copy run sold out in three days. The duo worked on their own songs and also honed their remixing skills, tweaking songs for Klaxons as well as GoodBooks, Uffie, Health, and Bloc Party. Tours with the Presets and Metric in 2007 set the stage for the release of Crystal Castles' self-titled debut album, which Last Gang released early in 2008. The duo returned in 2010 with another self-titled album; when it leaked onto the Internet in late April of that year, the band released it digitally soon after, with a physical release following that May." - Heather Phares, AllMusicGuide Visit Official Site
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Crystal Castles are rushing screaming through uncharted territory in the world of electronic music. Utilizing sounds from crisp, 8-bit chip tunes to melodic and ambient noise, Crystal Castles are creating something refreshing, the likes of which has never been heard; and fans around the world are drinking it up on tour dates in 2011. The group has two self-titled albums out and have been drawing big crowds on their worldwide concert schedules, where they play alongside some of the biggest names in music. In fact, Crystal Castles are currently playing 2011 tour dates around the world, including summer music festivals in the US, UK, and Europe.
While the group Crystal Castles was no accident, the hit song they ended up creating certainly was. Alice Glass was born in Toronto and eventually began singing for a punk band called Fetus Fatale. Ethan Kath (aka Claudio Palmieri) was also born in Toronto and spent his youth in a number of punk and metal bands before seeing Glass perform in her punk band. Kath decided that her unique vocals were what he was missing from his music. While Glass recorded five demo songs Kath had written for her, the sound engineer also recorded her mic check. The vocals from the mic check were unintentionally added to an instrumental track that Glass hadn't written anything for, and became the song "Alice Practice". The tracks were recorded under the name "Crystal Castles," which was the home of She-Ra: Princess of Power and wielder of the Sword of Protection. After the tracks were recorded, Glass disappeared and Kath uploaded the songs to his MySpace.
The six tracks became hugely popular online and Kath began receiving offers from record labels. He soon tracked down Glass, who didn't know the songs were hits and didn't even know "Alice Practice" had been recorded. Several vinyl singles began to be released in 2006 and became so popular that they were compiled into a full album. Crystal Castles was released in 2008 and reached #6 on the US Top Electronic Albums chart, #13 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, and was fondly received by NME magazine in the UK. Crystal Castles second album, Crystal Castles (II), was released in April 2010. The album features a cover of Platinum Blonde's "Not In Love," which features the vocal stylings of The Cure's Robert Smith.
Crystal Castles are currently performing 2011 tour dates in the US until May 13, after which they will head to Europe. They're first show on their European concert schedule will be at the Selector Festival in Krakow, Poland. Crystal Castles will spend June and July touring Europe and playing music festivals, including but not limited to the Glastonbury Festival, T in The Park, and the Oxegen Festival. The duo will return to North America on July 30 for various festival dates, including Lollapalooza on August 5. On August 11, Crystal Castles will return to Europe to perform a few more festivals, including Reading and Leeds and concluding their tour dates in 2011 with a performance at Bestival in the UK. Crystal Castles are definitely on the rise, and it might not be long before fans are paying $50 to see them on their concert schedule.