Crystal Castles Have Broken Up

Canadian experimental duo's frontwoman Alice Glass leaves for creative reasons

Alice Glass has left Crystal Castles, effectively ending the electro-punk outfit's 11 year existence. 


The fallout from Glass' announcement through her social media channels has been as confused as befits the Canadian duo's career together, with NME reporting that James Sandom, the group's manager, has suggested to them that there may yet be "twists and turns ahead", while some fans on Tumblr chose to numb the pain by quickly inventing their own news of Glass' future solo album.


Glass, who was reportedly found by ex-band mate Ethan Kath performing in Toronto in the early noughties whilst she was living in a squat, announced the news of her departure through Facebook and Twitter with a short statement:


"I am leaving Crystal Castles.
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."


Listen to 'Basptism' from the group's second, 2010 self-titled album below: