Crystal Castles Bring Eight-Bit Chaos to Ultra Music Festival
|Crystal Castles' Alice Glass and Ethan Kath.|
Toronto natives Alice Glass and Ethan Kath swear those aren't the origins of the band, and the identical name is just a coincidence, but we have our doubts.
The group's macabre brand of dance music seems easily plucked from a distorted, nightmarish videogame soundtrack in which robots dance to "Baptism," a screamy electro-thrash track laced with looping lo-fi bleeps off the group's second album; or "Tell Me What to Swallow," an almost opposite effort of melancholy acoustic guitar over chill, down-tempo-ish beats.
And even further proof is Glass's propensity to play the monster role -- infamously punching a security guard, hitting fans, and throwing herself into delirious mosh pits that end in violence at the group's shows.
But all of that might be changing. A writeup in wannabe avant-garde girlie mag Nylon and an official VEVO video usually signify the end days of Brooklyn basement sets and indie-festival all-nighters. Crystal Castles' sold-out Grand Central show ended in balls-out chaos. But Ultra might feature a more cheerful, neon-peppy, candy-raver crowd less inclined to reckless abandon. Unless, of course, Crystal Castles succeeds in mind-warping them to a secret level.
As part of Ultra Music Festival with a performance on Sunday, March 27. Bicentennial Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Gates open at noon Sunday. Tickets are sold out. Visit ultramusicfestival.com.
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