Crystal Castles Break Up, Alice Glass Announces Solo Plans

Photo ANDREW PARKS

In a move that was merely a matter of time considering how combustible they’ve been since the very start, Crystal Castles have split up. Singer Alice Glass announced her decision to leave the Toronto duo on Facebook, writing, “My art and my self-expression in any form has always been an attempt towards sincerity, honesty, and empathy for others. For a multitude of reasons both professional and personal I no longer feel that this is possible within CC. 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.”

Glass and her former bandmate (producer/multi-instrumentalist Ethan Kath) have spent the past year doing one-off DJ dates and staying out of the spotlight as a group. Their last round of tour dates was a couple stops in Mexico and a short run supporting Depeche Mode. Check out one of Glass’ DJ sets and Crystal Castles’ final video—a creepy “Affection” clip, taken from the largely overlooked III LP—below…