Crystal Castles’ Ethan Kath responds to Alice Glass’ criticisms

'I'll always love her and sincerely want her to do well,' says Kath

Crystal Castles‘ Ethan Kath has responded to ex-bandmate Alice Glass’ recent public criticisms of him.

Crystal Castles returned earlier this month with Kath releasing new song ‘Frail’ alongside a statement in which he claimed Glass, who left the band in October 2014, did not contribute lyrics or vocals to some of their biggest songs.

Glass subsequently hit back at Kath, sending a series of tweets defending herself and her contribution to Crystal Castles music. In one of the messages she wrote: “Manipulative statements about my contributions to the band only reinforce the decision I made to move on to other things”.


Now, speaking to Pitchfork, Kath has moved to try and quash any ill-feeling between the pair. Explaining why he had originally released the statement, he said: “I meant no harm to her, I was referring to her recent statements in i-D magazine that she left the band so she can finally ‘be herself’, she was ‘living a lie’ in CC and she was ready to ‘own her own darkness’. I didn’t belittle her or make any derogatory comments, I was acknowledging what she had already said herself.

“I wished her the best because despite everything, I’ll always love her and sincerely want her to do well and be happy. I encourage everyone to anticipate Alice’s solo music, I’m excited for it myself.”

Kath also expanded upon the duo’s original split, revealing: “I was told she was taking a year off and that I should have the majority of the songs ready by her return. After her year off, she tweeted that she was leaving. There was no discussion about it.”

Crystal Castles formed in Toronto in 2004 and went on to release three studio LPs – 2008’s ‘(i)’, 2010’s ‘(ii) and 2012’s ‘(iii)’. During their career, the band worked with Cure frontman Robert Smith on 2010 single ‘Not In Love’ and also took part in the NME Awards Tour in 2011 alongside Magnetic Man, The Vaccines and Everything Everything.

Their last show together was on October 4, 2013 in Mexico. You can listen to the track ‘Frail’, featuring vocals from a singer Kath has only identified as Edith, below.


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