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->''we are crystal castles\\
we are 1 boy and 1 girl\\
we are named after [[WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower She-Ra's]] home\\
we play rough''
-->-- '''Crystal Castles'''

Crystal Castles, an electronic {{Chiptune}}-esque band, are composed of Alice Glass and Ethan Kath. They cause [[WalkingDisasterArea quite a bit of ruckus]] with their live shows, and often make good use of strobe lights and whatever unfortunate soul is working security. With anything they do, the reaction is always divisive, though their fanbase cherishes them lovingly.

They were the subject of some controversy when they were accused of violating Creative Commons licenses, by stealing artwork and samples from other artists. Specifically, a drum sample by Lo-Bat which featured on ''Insectica'' and the usage of a [[http://ohkrapp.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/madonna-crystal-castles.jpg black-eyed Madonna]] as an album cover.

These issues were seemingly resolved when they retitled ''Insectica'' to 'Crystal Castles vs Lo-Bat', and it soon became apparent that the artist who created the {{Madonna}} image was prolonging hostilities as he was benefiting from the exposure -- Crystal Castles tried to pay him for the image but he refused to provide them with the necessary details.

Their influences include [[{{NightmareFuel}} murder, blank looks on girls, and knives]].

Alice is in charge of vocals and creating havoc, and Ethan mostly does the laptop work.

They have released three studio albums, all self-titled, in 2008, 2010, and 2012. They have also released nine singles thus far: "Crimewave (Crystal Castles vs. {{Music/HEALTH}})," "Air War," "Vanished," "Courtship Dating," "Celestica," "Baptism," "Not in Love (ft. [[TheCure Robert Smith]])," "Wrath of God," and "Plague".

They are unrelated to the {{Atari}} ArcadeGame.
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!!Tropes that apply to Crystal Castles
* AffectionateNickname: Alice addresses her bandmate as Ethan Catheter, because he's "the most uncomfortable thing in the world."
* {{Angrish}}: Sometimes it's distortion, but the lyrics can dissove into this occasionally. Definitely happens live, though.
* CarefulWithThatAxe: "Doe Deer"
* ChronologicalAlbumTitle
* CompanionCube: Alice and the amp are legally married in some states.
** Sometimes she kneels down and humps the mic instead.
* CoverVersion: Although the studio version of "Crimewave" is technically a remix of the HEALTH song, they often perform it live as one.
* DrivenToSuicide: The narrator in "Suffocation" seems as if they definitely have been.
* FilmTheHand: Kath is routinely photographed wearing hoodies which obscure some or all of his face. Alice picked up on this habit, and will now cover her face with her sleeve/collar/beer/whatever's handy, even when posing with fans.
* {{Hello}}: "Alice Practice" opens with the titular singer exclaiming, "Hi!♥".
* IAintGotTimeToBleed: Alice cannot be killed by conventional weapons. She's been kicked in the head by riot police, mobbed in Spain, broken her ankle onstage and performed five months' worth of shows on crutches. Actually, considering their live shows, it's amazing she doesn't get injured more often. AndNowYouKnow why Ethan stays in the back.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: And then there was the time Alice clobbered a fan with a microphone. The reason is a mystery, but it probably had to do with shows like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaIN0fpnrJc this.]]
-->"If you grab my tit, I'll fucking kick you in the head. Just so we're clear."
* IntercourseWithYou: "Through the Hosiery":
-->Feel so good, you said it before.\\
To your feet, you fall to the floor.\\
Deep inside, you still want more.\\
Deal or not, you look to the door.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes
* LastNoteNightmare: "Untrust Us" is a rather soft (albeit crazy) song, which ends with the abrupt wailing of a guitar.
* LongTitle: There's a demo floating around the Internet called "Why Do You Cry Every Time I Fuck You?"
* LyricalDissonance: Their bouncy, [[CallAndResponseSong call-and-response]] single "Courtship Dating" is about ''human taxidermy''.
** Crystal Castles' music in general tend to fit under this. A lot of it sounds fairly upbeat and danceable, but the lyrics on the other hand... but a lot of time it's hard to make ot what Alice is even saying anyway due to the delibrate audio distortion.
* MadArtist: What happens when you hand [[TheExorcist Linda Blair]] a drum machine.
* MulticoloredHair : Alice Glass is a natural blonde. Formerly black, her hair now cycles through pastel colors.
-->"Iím a natural blonde, but that [[EveryoneLovesBlondes blonde hair, big tits]] idea of what men want, itís now [[DeadHorseTrope really unfeminine]]."
* NightmareFetishist: CC's lyrics constantly reference sexually transmitted diseases, abortions, injury, mutilation, and corruption of innocence. They said in an interview before that they wanted to make an album that would "simultaneously make everyone vomit at once" but they seriously take it UpToEleven.
* NoodleImplements: Ethan remains coy when discussing their sound engineering. He once claimed to smoosh a cake into his soundboard to achieve a desired noise.
* NonAppearingTitle: Almost all of their songs.
* OneWomanWail: "Tell Me What to Swallow"
* PerishingAltRockVoice: Alice does this in "Celestica".
* PerformanceVideo: A cross between this and SurrealMusicVideo for "Baptism," their second single.
* SelfTitledAlbum: The first two of their albums, and even then then the third one is just entitled ''(III)''.
* ShoutOut: They've never actually seen an episode of ''She-Ra'' though.
-->'''Alice:''' ''(supportively)'' I hear it's good though.\\
'''Ethan:''' I hear it's ''bad''.
* TheSilentBob: Ethan used to front his own garage rock outfit. Now he looks positively milquetoast next to his frontwoman. (He's actually more talkative than his stage persona would lead you to believe.)
* SingleStanzaSong: A number of their songs are based around the repetition of a single set of lyrics.
** In "Doe Deer", Alice just screeches "Deathray!" over and over.
* SpellingSong: "Mother Knows Best". H-E-R-P-E-S.
* SpitefulSpit: According to Kath, Alice (back when she sang with the riot grrrl band) used to spit beer at hecklers from the stage. Nowadays, she can sometimes be spotted taking a swig of Jack and then raining it back onto the crowd, though it's done with affection.
* StarmakingRole: Their appearance on {{Skins}} boosted their publicity a lot.
* StudioChatter: In the middle of "Love and Caring", you can clearly hear Alice snap, "What the fuck is this? Oh, it's the bass."
* TextlessAlbumCover: All 3 of their albums.
* WordSaladLyrics: Their first hit in Britain, "Alice Practice", was Kath recording Glass uttering nonsense into a microphone over a drum loop.
** "Air War", which samples ''{{Ulysses}}'' by Creator/JamesJoyce.
-->Bronze by gold heard the hoofrons,\\
steelyringing imperthnthn thnthnthn.\\
Chips, picking chips off rocky thumbnail, chips.\\
Horrid! And gold flushed more.
* WouldHurtAChild: One interpretation of ''Violent Youth'' is that of the song's narrator being powerless to save a child being poisoned by her parents.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Purple Hair]]: Recently, Alice has decided to dye her hair a light shade of purple.
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