Crystal Castles say they ‘don’t care’ about backlash against band

Ethan Kath and new singer Edith Frances speak in new NME interview following Alice Glass' departure

Crystal Castles have spoken about the recent criticism they’ve faced following the unveiling of their new-look line-up.

Original frontwoman Alice Glass left the band in 2014, with existing instrumentalist Ethan Kath later replacing her with new singer Edith Frances.

Glass and Kath have engaged in a public dispute since the former’s departure and the latter’s decision to continue the group without her. Glass has described herself as “frustrated” and “deeply miserable” during her career with Kath.


Crystal Castles were later dropped from a feminist showcase at South-by-South-West festival after criticism following comments from Glass that Kath “is not an appropriate artist to be performing at a feminism-centric event”.

Speaking to NME in this week’s free magazine, available nationwide from Friday (August 19), Kath said: “We don’t even pay attention [to the criticism]; we don’t care… Because we’ve just been focused on writing, and because the shows were so fun, we didn’t even check up on it.”

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Kath went on to explain how his band’s new album title, ‘Amnesty (I)’, is inspired by being asked to produce a song for an Amnesty International charity release. “I said I believe in what they’re doing so much 
that I’d make an album instead, and that’s what this is,” Kath explained.

“This album has themes of freedom and liberation from oppression,” continued Frances. “So it just seemed natural to support what we’d written about. I’ve 
been writing papers about things that are violating human rights and I think it’s really important to get the people who are listening talking about it, and talking about change.”

Outlining his intentions for the second iteration of the band, Kath said: “It needs to be the same mentality as at the beginning [of forming the group]. It’s like, whatever I wanted in the beginning is what this still has to be: totally underground. I hate when bands write for radio; you can hear it. I can hear a committee making decisions. But there’s no committee here – this is still just completely selfish.”

Read the full NME interview with Crystal Castles on from tomorrow (August 19). The band’s new album ‘Amnesty (I)’ will also released on August 19.