For a multitude of reasons both professional and personal I no longer feel that this is possible within Crystal Castles.' Later, Glass doubled down on these ills, noting that her time in the band was 'deeply miserable', that she was 'living a lie' and how she, not Kath, was primarily responsible for the direction and output of their union.Kath, donning something of a passive-aggressive velvet glove, would matter-of-factly dismiss such claims while offering read-into-it-how-you-will support for Glass’ next move.Crystal Castles received great reviews and ranked #39 on NME Magazine "Top 50 Albums of the Decade". Supposedly the duo of Ethan Kath and Alice Glass rocked up for a headline show in a rather intimate and unassuming Irish venue and found themselves utterly bemused when the equally befuddled management wouldn’t accommodate a request to drill holes, mount lights and generally get their avant-garde DIY on.
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.Initally the band was a solo project started by Ethan Kath in December 2003.Ethan later discovered Alice Glass singing in a noise-punk band, and thought he had found the "missing ingredient" to his music.The band's first single Alice Practice was actually a microphone test by Glass.She was not aware that the recording existed until London UK's Merok Records asked to release the track on vinyl. In 18 March 2008 they released their debut album entitled Crystal Castles.