New Video: The Tense and Frenetic Visuals for Crystal Castles’ Concrete

Currently comprised of founding member Ethan Kath (production, songwriting) and Edith Frances (vocals), Toronto, ON-based electronic music act Crystal Castles can trace their origins to when its founding member Kath started the project as a solo recording project back in 2003. With the release of the electronic music project’s first two singles, “Magic Spells” and “Untrust Us” Kath began receiving attention across the blogosphere and from labels. And by 2006, Kath began a fruitful collaboration with vocalist Alice Glass that started with the project’s first physical EP and continued through their first three critically applauded and commercially successful albums; in fact, thanks to “Not In Love” featuring The Cure‘s Robert Smith, the duo’s sophomore effort II landed on the Billboard 200 and the band’s third album III was Tumblr’s and Hype Machine‘s number 1 album of 2012.

Citing personal and professional reasons, Glass left the project in 2014. Last year, Kath announced that he had recruited Edith Frances to take up vocal duties — and that he and Frances had started working on a new album. “Concrete,” the latest single off the forthcoming album manages to be tense and propulsive as Kath’s production, which consists of layers of undulating synth stabs, propulsive drum beats, malevolent atmospherics and industrial clang and clatter are paired with Frances’ heavily distorted vocals. And while bleak and murky, the song manages to be dance floor friendly — thanks to an anthemic hook.

Shot in a dark, strobe-lit sweaty nightclub/concert venue, the recently released video for the song follows a woman as she loses herself in the crowd, along with her fellow fans.


The duo will be embarking on a lengthy international tour, beginning in September and it includes an October 6 set at Warsaw.

Tour dates:
06-Sep            US, Carrboro, NC       Cat’s Cradle
08-Sep            US, Atlanta, GA           The Loft, US
09-Sep            US, New Orleans, LA  One Eyed Jacks,
10-Sep            US, Houston, TX         White Oak Music Hall Downstairs
13-Sep            US, Dallas, TX Trees
14-Sep            US, Austin, TX            Empire Garage
16-Sep            US, Phoenix, AZ          The Pressroom
17-Sep            US, San Diego, CA      The Observatory North Park
21-Sep            US, San Francisco, CA            Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
22-Sep            US, Santa Ana, CA      The Observatory
23-Sep            US, Los Angeles, CA   The Fonda Theatre
23-25-Sep       US, Las Vegas, NV      Life Is Beautiful Festival
27-Sep            US, Salt Lake City, UT            Urban Lounge
28-Sep            US, Denver, CO          Bluebird Theater
30-Sep            US, Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
01-Oct             US, Chicago, IL           Metro
02-Oct             US, Detroit, MI           Majestic Theatre
06-Oct             US, Brooklyn, NY        Warsaw
07-Oct             US, Philadelphia, PA  Theatre of Living Arts
08-Oct             US, Washington DC   Black Cat
09-Oct             US, Cambridge, MA   The Sinclair
11-Oct             Canada, Montreal, QC           Theatre Fairmount
12-Oct             Canada, Toronto, ON The Hoxton
20-Oct             Germany, Frankfurt, Zoom
22-Oct             Netherlands, Amsterdam, Melkweg
24-Oct             Denmark, Copenhagen, Vega
25-Oct             Sweden, Malmo Kulturbolaget
26-Oct             Norway, Oslo, Sentrum Scene
28-Oct             Sweden, Stockholm, Debaserstrand
29-Oct             Denmark, Aarhus, Voxhall
31-Oct             Germany, Berlin, Columbia Theatre
01-Nov            Germany, Hamburg, Uebel & Gefaehrlich
02-Nov            Germany, Cologne, Essigfabrik
05-Nov            Ireland, Dublin, Metropolis Festival
26-Nov            Singapore, Neon Lights Festival
27-Nov            Hong Kong, Clockenflap Festival
02-Dec            France, Paris, Elysee Montmartre
03-Dec            France, Bordeaux, Krakatoa
05-Dec            Spain, Bilbao Kafe Antrokia
07-Dec            Portugal, Oporto, Hard Club
08-Dec            Portugal, Lisbon , Paradise Garage
09-Dec            Spain, Madrid, Teatro Barcelo
10-Dec            Spain, Barcelona, Apolo
12-Dec            Italy, Bologna Zona Roveri
13-Dec            Italy, Milan Fabrirque
14-Dec            Switzerland, Zurich, X-tra Limmithaus
15-Dec            Luxembourg, Den Atelier