Alice Glass on Crystal Castles: ‘It was a deeply miserable time for me’

Singer also gives an update on her forthcoming debut album

Former Crystal Castles frontwoman Alice Glass has opened up further about her problems during her time with the band.

The singer claims that she was “frustrated” and “desperate” throughout her career with partner in crime Ethan Kath before she left in October 2014.

“For the majority of my career I was conflicted,” she revealed. “I would go onstage and show this aggressive, angry side of myself. It was an expression of my frustration and desperation. It was a way for me to communicate what I was going through without having to explain anything offstage, because I didn’t want to be seen as vulnerable. It was a way to be confrontational when in my personal life I felt like my feelings weren’t respected. It was deeply miserable.”


She added: “I felt like I was lying to my fans even though my way of speaking out was the most honest expression which I had available to me at the time. Now I feel like I’m finally learning to use my voice.”

The singer and Kath had a bitter public dispute online following her departure from the band. She also recently boycotted a feminist showcase Crystal Castles were due to play issuing a statement, saying: “As someone who knew [Crystal Castles frontman] Ethan Kath on a personal and professional level, it is my opinion that he is not an appropriate artist to be performing at a feminism-centric event.”

Despite going solo, Glass says she still has a lot to prove to the band’s fans.

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She told Dazed: “Even though I played every Crystal Castles show until only recently and I was involved with every release and almost every aesthetic decision in the band, I still have to prove my worth, even to Crystal Castle fans. A lot of people seem to find it more convenient to give most of the credit to the other half of the band, just because he’s a man.”

The singer also gave an update on her forthcoming debut album.

“This year for me is just about finishing my record,” Glass added. “This project is more more meaningful to me than anything I’ve ever done – it doesn’t feel like it’s just something to sell concert tickets or t-shirts. It’s incredibly personal. I am collaborating with a lot of artists who inspire me and I’m learning so much about making music and production. It’s a very exciting process.”