Crystal Castles debuts "III" (Updated 1/23/14)
Crystal Castles began as a solo project by producer/multi-instrumentalist Ethan Kath back in 2003. More than a decade later, it has blossomed into a band known for its riotous live shows, often in stark contrast with more lugubrious homemade vinyls.
Of course there's a story behind the name Crystal Castles, and it goes like this: Kath took the moniker from the name of She-Ra's dwelling in the "He-Man and Masters of the Universe" cartoon series. Coincidentally, it's also the name of a 1983 Atari video game, and one of the band's more distinctive sounds come from a keyboard that's been modified with an Atari 5200 sound chip.
We digress from the fun facts to talk about the band's work, including their eponymous debut album, "Crystal Castles" released in 2008. (Did you know it was listed on NME's "Top 100 Greatest Albums of the Decade," coming in at No. 39?) The follow-up was (oddly enough) also called "Crystal Castles," though it's often referred to as "II," which came after the group had released its first studio EP, "Celestica/Doe Deer." (Doe you notice pattern here? Crystal Castles appears to have at least two names for everything).
Though "II" was their first release to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, including the single "Not in Love," it was followed by the even more hyped "III" in November 2012. Four singles were released from that project: "Plague," "Wrath of God," "Sad Eyes," and "Affection."
Crystal Castles Announce Tour, Album Release Date
Crystal Castles Concerts Concert Tickets Update 3/20/13 It's just been announced that Crystal Castles will open up for the iconic Depeche Mode during their upcoming U.S. tour. Way to go, guys! Only two dates have been confirmed thus far: September 18 in Houston, and September 29 in Los Angeles. Check back for more details if/when…Read more
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