Alice Glass, the quintessential electro-punk rocker of the night, has decided to split ways with Ethan Kath and end Crystal Castles. After ten years of glitch-pop, synth-punk, witch-house, or whatever two disparate genres Crystal Castles championed, Alice Glass is moving on to a solo career. In a recent Facebook post, Glass writes, “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 with CC.”
For those who think this may be the inevitable end for both of them, rest assured that Glass won’t go down without a fight. Over the band’s ten-year span, Glass has been notorious for performing through injury and never backing down from speaking her mind. The Star.com reported that Glass was involved in a car accident back in 2008 and broke two of her ribs. She managed to take the stage at SXSW in the same week, despite a doctor telling her to wait five or six weeks before performing again. In 2011, Glass broke her ankle and continued touring on crutches for five months, according to Complete Music Update. A few years ago, a male audience member groped her while stage diving, to which she appropriately responded with a swift punch to his face, as detailed by Exclaim.ca. If Alice Glass can get through broken ribs, broken ankles, and sexual assault without a hitch, then we have a lot to look forward to from Glass, even if Crystal Castles is no longer.
After meeting Kath back in 2003, when Glass was only 15 years old, they’ve been a nonstop driving force in expanding electronic music to once unimaginable heights. What may feel disheartening at first is another adventure for the youthful 26 year old to explore. It’ll be interesting to see if her solo career will match the chaotic melancholy that is Crystal Castles or if she’ll take a Karen O type route and tone down her anarchistic approach. The future of Alice Glass knows no boundaries. She has always fought for what she believes in, and now she gets to break new terrain with her own hands.