ONE Staff / June 19th, 2010 / Sound Check
SOUND CHECK: Crystal Castles (II)

If you’re a mean-jean electro-clashy sorta band and you made big waves with your first eponymously-named “major” album in 2008, then you travel and tour and make more waves with your crazy antics, why not release a new album two years later with the same (self-titled) name as the first? If you’re Crystal Castles you do that and don’t give a damn because you know it’s better than the last, and the haters can suck it. Gotta respect that. So the new album is out, and the haters are sucking it, and meanwhile “Crystal Castles” is earning itself the adoration of the music press once again. For bladers, we’re sure it’s on rotation and set to find its way into all manner of online blade edits. Sparkly, dramatic synths? Present. Distorted bass riffs? Of course. Alice Glass screeching and preening in a mesmerizing deluge of sonic engagement? You know it. Mix that with a driving beat that manages to mend itself with your body’s tempo and that’s something that’s hard to ignore. So don’t. Go see them on tour. All dates below the break.

06-11 Dores, Scotland – Rockness Festival

06-23 Katowice, Poland – Szyb Wilsona

06-24 Warsaw, Poland – Proxima

06-27 Pilton, England – Glastonbury Festival

07-08 Liege, Belgium – Les Ardentes Festival

07-10 Trencin, Slovakia – Pohoda Festival

07-11 Novi Sad, Serbia – Exit Festival

07-17 Suffolk, England – Latitude Festival

07-31 Emmaboda, Sweden – Emmaboda Festival

08-01 London, England – Underage Festival

08-06 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater

08-07 Los Angeles, CA – Hard Summer Music Festival

08-09 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre

08-11 Austin, TX – Stubbs Waller Creek

08-13 Chicago, IL – Congress Theater

08-14 Toronto, Ontario – Koolhaus

08-15 Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis

08-17 Boston, MA – House of Blues

08-18 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory

08-20 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

08-21 New York, NY – Terminal 5

08-22 Baltimore, MD – Sonar

08-27 Leeds, England – Leeds Festival

08-28 Reading, England – Reading Festival

08-29 Paris, France – Rock En Seine Festival

09-02 Milan, Italy – Magnolia Parade Festival

09-04 Stradbally, Ireland – Electric Picnic

09-07 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom

09-08 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade

09-09 Orlando, FL – Club Firestone

09-11 Miami, FL – Grand Central

09-13 Houston, TX – House of Blues

09-14 Dallas, TX – House of Blues

10-08 Belfast, Ireland – Mandela Hall

10-09 Dublin, Ireland – Academy

10-11 Wolverhampton, England – Wulfrun Hall

10-12 Bournemouth, England – 02 Academy

10-15 London, England – Roundhouse

10-17 Bristol, England – Academy

10-18 Liverpool, England – 02 Academy

10-19 Glasgow, Scotland – ABC

10-21 Nottingham, England – Rock City

10-22 Manchester, England – Academy

10-23 Leeds, England – Metropolitan University

10-24 Norwich, England – UEA

Photo © 2010 Marc Pannozzo

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