Formed in 2003 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Crystal Castles consists of producer Ethan Kath and vocalist Alice Glass. They are named after the lyrics "The fate of the world is safe in Crystal Castles" and "Crystal Castles, the source of all power" both from the theme song for She-Ra's fortress. They are known for their melancholic lo-fi sound and their explosive live shows. Their debut album was included in NME's "Top 50 Albums of the Decade".
Crystal Castles musical style has been described as "ferocious, asphyxiating sheets of warped two-dimensional Gameboy glitches and bruising drum bombast that pierces your skull with their sheer shrill force, burrowing deep into the brain like a fever". The band has headlined numerous tours in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Australia and have also appeared at festivals around the Globe including Ireland's Oxegen Festival, Coachella, All Points West, Leeds Festival in England and will also take part in Australia's "Big Day Out" 2011 Tour.
The music and live show of the Crystal Castles is not one to miss. As the band themselves say,
"we are crystal castles
we are 1 boy and 1 girl
we are named after She-Ra's home
we play rough"