By Aisha Sharipzhan

Haunting yet exhilarating, Canadian electronic music duo Crystal Castles will be bringing their icy-synth sound to D.C.

With a mission to make people “feel nauseous,” Crystal Castles never aimed to please their audience, creating often confrontational and unpredictable sounds. They move from soft and somber to jarring and shrill without warning.

Crystal Castles formed in 2006, quickly gaining popularity with their online and limited vinyl releases, and released their debut album Crystal Castles in 2008. The album was listed on NME’s “Top 100 Greatest Albums of the Decade.”

Their second album in 2010 brought their first worldwide charting single, “Not in Love” that featured The Cure vocalist Robert Smith.

Crystal Castle’s music can be described as chaotic layers of electrifying noise, brought together by haunting female vocals – now provided by new frontwoman Edith Frances.

The experimental duo is on tour to promote their fourth album Amnesty (I), the first without founding member and former vocalist Alice Glass. Glass departed from the band in 2014.

All proceeds from Amnesty (I) album sales will be donated to Amnesty International.

Get your tickets to experience the electrifying Crystal Castles at the 9:30 Club Sept. 30.

Featured Photo Credit: Courtesy of WikiCommons.

Aisha Sharipzhan is a senior journalism major and can be reached at

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