Ethan Kath on Alice Glass: “People often gave her credit for my lyrics and that was fine, I didn’t care.”
By Amy Phillips and Evan Minsker
Alice Glass announced last October that she was leaving Crystal Castles. At the time, their manager hinted that it wouldn’t be the end of the band. Sure enough, Crystal Castles aren’t dead. Ethan Kath has posted a new song, “Frail”, on the band’s Soundcloud. That’s the single art up there. The lyrics can be found here. It’s unclear if Glass sings on the track. Update: It is not Glass, but rather another, unnamed singer.
Accompanying the track, Kath wrote:
i wish my former vocalist the best of luck in her future endeavors. i think it can be empowering for her to be in charge of her own project. it should be rewarding for her considering she didn’t appear on Crystal Castles’ best known songs. (she’s not on Untrust Us. Not In Love, Vanished, Crimewave, Vietnam, Magic Spells, Knights, Air War, Leni, Lovers Who Uncover, Violent Youth, Reckless, Year of Silence, Intimate, 1991, Good Time, Violent Dreams etc.). people often gave her credit for my lyrics and that was fine, i didn’t care.
Update: Kath has removed the statement from the Soundcloud description.
Glass wrote last year, “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 within CC.”
The band’s last album III came out in 2012. Read our 2012 interview with Crystal Castles and our list of the 10 best Crystal Castles songs.