Last fall, Alice Glass suddenly announced via twitter that she would be breaking up with Crystal Castles “for a multitude of reasons, both professional and personal” to branch out as a solo artist. She says “Although this is the end of the band, I hope my fans will embrace me as a solo artist in the same way they have embraced Crystal Castles”
And for a while we believed her—the music community mourned the loss of one of the best electronic acts in the world. But while grieving our “loss,” we overlooked the fact that other half of Crystal Castles, Ethan Kath, was still there.
This doesn’t come as a surprise. For the most part, Alice Glass is the flashier portion of the duo. It’s hard to picture Crystal Castles without an image of Glass thrashing around on stage, with a cigarette in one hand and a bottle of whiskey in the other. From her lurid gaze to the ever-changing color of her bob, she became a personification of their sound.
However, with the debut of the new song “Frail”, Ethan Kath made it clear today that Alice Glass was not a make or break factor in Crystal Castles. In the statement in the description (which is now deleted), he says:
“i wish my former vocalist the best of luck in her future endeavors. i think it can be empowering for her to be in charge of her own project. it should be rewarding for her considering she didn’t appear on Crystal Castles’ best known songs. (she’s not on Untrust Us. Not In Love, Vanished, Crimewave, Vietnam, Magic Spells, Knights, Air War, Leni, Lovers Who Uncover, Violent Youth, Reckless, Year of Silence, Intimate, 1991, Good Time, Violent Dreams etc.). people often gave her credit for my lyrics and that was fine, i didn’t care.”
You can all stop crying now, ’cause Crystal Castles is here to stay.