While the group Crystal Castles was no accident, the hit song they ended up creating certainly was. Alice Glass was born in Toronto and eventually began singing for a punk band called Fetus Fatale. Ethan Kath (aka Claudio Palmieri) was also born in Toronto and spent his youth in a number of punk and metal bands before seeing Glass perform in her punk band. Kath decided that her unique vocals were what he was missing from his music. While Glass recorded five demo songs Kath had written for her, the sound engineer also recorded her mic check. The vocals from the mic check were unintentionally added to an instrumental track that Glass hadn't written anything for, and became the song "Alice Practice". The tracks were recorded under the name "Crystal Castles," which was the home of She-Ra: Princess of Power and wielder of the Sword of Protection. After the tracks were recorded, Glass disappeared and Kath uploaded the songs to his MySpace.
The six tracks became hugely popular online and Kath began receiving offers from record labels. He soon tracked down Glass, who didn't know the songs were hits and didn't even know "Alice Practice" had been recorded. Several vinyl singles began to be released in 2006 and became so popular that they were compiled into a full album. Crystal Castles was released in 2008 and reached #6 on the US Top Electronic Albums chart, #13 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, and was fondly received by NME magazine in the UK. Crystal Castles second album, Crystal Castles (II), was released in April 2010. The album features a cover of Platinum Blonde's "Not In Love," which features the vocal stylings of The Cure's Robert Smith.
Crystal Castles are currently performing 2011 tour dates in the US until May 13, after which they will head to Europe. They're first show on their European concert schedule will be at the Selector Festival in Krakow, Poland. Crystal Castles will spend June and July touring Europe and playing music festivals, including but not limited to the Glastonbury Festival, T in The Park, and the Oxegen Festival. The duo will return to North America on July 30 for various festival dates, including Lollapalooza on August 5. On August 11, Crystal Castles will return to Europe to perform a few more festivals, including Reading and Leeds and concluding their tour dates in 2011 with a performance at Bestival in the UK. Crystal Castles are definitely on the rise, and it might not be long before fans are paying $50 to see them on their concert schedule.