The Toronto duo Crystal Castles are back with 2 new songs, an upcoming new record, and tour dates. “Plague” first appeared online this past July, while “Wrath of God” just leaked today. III is out through Casablanca/Fiction/Universal Republic digitally on November 5, and physically on November 6. Tour dates are listed below, along with the new album art.
Speaking with NME earlier this summer, they confirmed that the album was recorded in Warsaw and that they are currently mixing the tracks in London.
Ethan Kath is on production duties for the as-yet untitled record, which will be the band’s third and the follow-up to 2010’s ‘II’. Speaking about the sound of the new material, Kath told NME: “There’s no departure. We like how we sound. We don’t wanna change”. Their new video for “Plague” is also out. Originally made by a fan, the music video consists of disturbing footage from a 1981 Andrzej Zulawski moved called Possession.
Alice Glass added: “There’s lots of themes, but feeling, like, oppressed… A lot of things not personally happening to us, since the past record, but people we know kind of profoundly influenced everything. Like, I didn’t think I could lose faith in humanity any more than I already had, but after witnessing some things, it just… the world is a dystopia. I’m on step away from being a vigilante. I’ve thought about it”.
Here’s the album art, and details on its origin and meaning, from Pitchfork:
That’s the album art, above, featuring an award-winning image by Spanish photographer Samuel Aranda. The picture, taken after a street demonstration in Yemen on October 15, 2011, pictures a woman named Fatima al-Qaws holding her son, Zayed, who suffered from tear gas.
Here’s what the band have said about the album in statements:
“Oppression is a theme, in general… A lot of bad things have happened to people close to me since II and it’s profoundly influenced my writing as I’ve realized there will never be justice for them,” Alice Glass said in a statement. “I didn’t think I could lose faith in humanity any more than I already had, but after witnessing some things, it feels like the world is a dystopia where victims don’t get justice and corruption prevails. I’m one step away from being a vigilante to protect people and bring justice to the people I love. I’ve thought about it.”
“We wanted the new album to sound like a completely different and new experience,” said Ethan Kath in a statement. “Any keyboards and pedals used on I or II were traded for different keyboards and pedals so that there would be a new palette of sounds to work with. We wouldn’t allow any computers near the studio, everything had to be recorded to tape. We’d limit ourselves to one take because we believe the first take is the rawest expression of an idea.”
Crystal Castles Tour Dates:
September 27 – Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore Charlotte
September 28 – Atlanta, GA @ Counterpoint Music Festival
September 29 – Washington, DC @ 9:30
October 2 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
October 3 – New York, NY @ Roseland
October 6 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
October 7 – Montreal, PQ @ Metropolis
October 9 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
October 10 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
October 11 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Art Works
October 14 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
October 16 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
October 17 – Denver, CO @ Ogden
October 18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
October 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
October 21 – San Diego, CA @ Soma
October 22 – San Francisco, CA @ Fox Theater
October 24 – Portland, OR @ Roseland
October 25 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
October 26 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
October 28 – Calgary, AB @ Mac Ewan Hall
October 29 – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Centre
October 31 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theater
November 1 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
November 2 – Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
November 4 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus