Forming in the summer of 2004, the duo of Ethan Kath and Alice Glass began their cult following by releasing a slew of limited edition singles, and fronting shows packed solely from word of mouth.
Released to much critical acclaim, 'Crystal Castles' was featured prominently throughout the international press. UK audiences were quick to catch on, with the debut album being placed at #39 on NME’s list of ‘Top 50 Greatest Albums of the Decade’. Transcending the media-hyped subgenres of ‘nu-rave’ and ‘8-bit’ music prevalent in 2008, Crystal Castles influenced a new generation of electronic artists no longer bound to restrictive definitions on what constituted punk, noise, or dance music.
Throughout 2008 and 2009 Crystal Castles toured extensively throughout the world, visiting Japan, Australia, Europe, and several US tours including a support billing for Nine Inch Nails.
Crystal Castles’ highly anticipated sophomore full-length LP was released in spring 2010 on Fiction Records. Famed UK producer Paul Epworth (Bloc Party, Kate Nash, The Rapture) collaborated with the band on select album tracks, and the third single ‘Not in Love’ featured The Cure's Robert Smith. To create their third album 'III' the duo took a strictly analogue approach - the resulting LP was released in November 2012, causing a stir amongst fans and critics alike.