It may not be wise for those dwelling in Crystal Castles (like She-ra, Princess of Power) to throw stones…but for Alice Glass & Ethan Fawn who perform as Crystal Castles, nothing could stop them from dropping hard beats and a bevy of heavy hits last night at the Theater of the Living Arts on South Street.
By 9:30pm the TLA was packed with fans anxiously awaiting for Crystal Castles to take the stage. Smoke (illegally) hung in the air. Neon lights and glowing objects could be spotted throughout the crowd. Then came a quick announcement that lead singer Alice Glass had broken her ankle. It had been suggested that Crystal Castles cancel their tour…to which the group had basically responded “Fuck you, the show must go on”. Then the lights dimmed, the fans roared to life, and the madness began.
From the very beginning of their set, The bass thumped, the crowd pulsated, and the lights flashing with an intensity and brightness that could have easily caused seizures half way across town.
Glass has been known to frequently enter the crowd (as well as surf on top of it) but with an injured ankle we weren’t sure if she would risk it. We shouldn’t have doubted her. Sometimes it was hard to tell where the stage ended and the show began. The high energy of Glass, Fawn, and drummer Chris Chartrand, the majesty of the amazing light show, and the intensity of the crowd, all came together to form a type of nu-rave perfect storm. We’re talking category 5 here people. We were blown away.
Although they played many new songs from their most recent album, they left plenty of time to play their older hits as well. Our favorite song of the night was “Not in Love”. Although the recorded version features the vocals of Robert Smith (The Cure), Glass’s live rendition was stunning.
After an hour Crystal Castles left the stage and then returned for a few more songs. They again left the stage but returned for a final encore before exiting stage right for good.
Although Crystal Castles are notorious Prima Donne, and are rumored to be somewhat difficult to deal with, it is crystal clear to us why they have developed such a hard-core fan base and why they are selling out shows in Philadelphia and across the globe.
SET LIST FROM PHILADELPHIA:
N0T IN L0VE