When most think of Crystal Castle, they think of the Canadian duo’s riotous, strobe-strewn live shows, or front woman Alice Glass’ manic yelps, or producer Ethan Kath’s paranoid synth static. They don’t think of the words coming out of Glass’ mouth– probably because nearly all of them are distorted beyond recognition. But they’re there. And they’re important to Crystal Castles.
On new album (III)— which you can listen to in full below, via Spotify– Glass’ lyrics attack various forms of oppression: religious, societal, governmental. Her overall outlook, as you might guess from her dying-animal delivery, is quite bleak. On “Insulin”, between claustrophobic bass hits, she cries: “Your first born will be accosted/ Fill their lungs with tar and sage/ Make the stem cells act their age.” Her message is unrelenting as it depicts a dystopia filled with disease, hypocrisy, and bride burnings– it makes The Matrix look like “Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood . And, as Glass explained to us over email, her words are even scarier because they’re all based on real-life injustices happening right now around the world. click here for the full interview