After Crystal Castles’ Ethan Kath posted what appeared to be an antagonistic statement about ex-bandmate Alice Glass upon the release of “Frail,” Glass responded with some tweets calling Kath’s words “manipulative.” Now Kath has given a short interview to Pitchfork clearing up his statement and offering news on the future of the band. Kath said he didn’t realize his original statement accompanying “Frail” was inflammatory:
Why did you delete the statement that originally accompanied “Frail”?
Kath: I was making a point that my vision for CC was continuing. When I realized it came off as shade, I pulled it because I have no desire to throw any shade, I really do wish her the best.
Why did you make that statement?
Kath: I meant no harm to her, I was referring to her recent statements in i-D magazine that she left the band so she can finally “be herself,” she was “living a lie” in CC and she was ready to “own her own darkness.” I didn’t belittle her or make any derogatory comments, I was acknowledging what she had already said herself. I wished her the best because despite everything, I’ll always love her and sincerely want her to do well and be happy. I encourage everyone to anticipate Alice’s solo music, I’m excited for it myself.
Kath also says “Edith,” the mysterious vocalist on “Frail,” is a real woman and not a pitched-up version of his voice, and that Crystal Castles are working on a new album:
What is the status of Crystal Castles today? Who is the singer on “Frail”? Is Crystal Castles working on new material?
Kath: “Frail” was recorded recently and released as a message that we are in studio writing and recording a new album. The vocals are not my pitched voice (as on “Violent Youth” or the album version of “Not in Love”). A girl named Edith is singing.
I guess that disproves our theory about Edith.