Music : electronic, 8-bit, new rave
Radio K presents Crystal Castles
701 First Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Sunday, May 5, 2013
7:00 pm / 18+
$25.00 adv | $25.00 door
Fusing low-res electronic noise and pop hooks so effortlessly that it can seem accidental, Toronto's Crystal Castles began as producer/multi-instrumentalist Ethan Kath’s solo project in late 2003. Kath got the moniker from the name of She-Ra’s dwelling in the He-Man and Masters of the Universe cartoon series; it’s also the name of a 1983 Atari video game, which is oddly appropriate, considering that one component of the band’s distinctive sound comes from a keyboard modified with an Atari 5200 sound chip. When Kath collaborated with singer Alice Glass on some songs in spring 2005, Crystal Castles’ lineup was complete. One of the songs the pair recorded, “Alice Practice,” was something of an accident: it was intended to be a demo of Glass testing out a microphone, but its presence on MySpace piqued record labels’ interest. “Alice Practice” was released as a limited-edition 7″ in summer 2006 on Merok Records. Its 500-copy run sold out in 3 days.
Many limited edition 7″ vinyl singles followed in 2007 on various tiny labels including 2 on London’s Trouble Records. All singles sold out immediately. Finally, in 2008, Lies Records collected most of the singles and released them on a CD for the first time, along with many previously unreleased tracks and 3 songs recorded just for the collection. This eponymous debut album, Crystal Castles, was also released as a double album on 12″ vinyl. The band’s eponymous debut album was included in the “Top 50 Greatest Albums of the Decade” by NME Magazine, at number 39. The band’s second album, also titled Crystal Castles but known as Crystal Castles II, was released in May 2010. In April 2010 an early mix of the album leaked and without any record label promotion the leak reached #1 on various electronic music charts worldwide. The album was produced by Ethan Kath in various places including a church in Iceland, a self built cabin in northern Ontario, an abandoned convenience store garage in Detroit, and 2 songs recorded in the London studio of Paul “Phones” Epworth.
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