Canadian experimental electronic music group Crystal Castles are embarking on their highly anticipated headlining tour of Asia. The tour kicks off tonight in Seoul and will take them to Taipei, Bangkok and finally Singapore but there are a few things you should know before heading out to the shows, especially for those who are long time fans. Ei
1 Introducing vocalist Edith Frances
After a brief hiatus, Crystal Castles announced in 2015 that they were returning but with Edith Frances as the new singer. She replaced the iconic Alice Glass who left the band in 2014 while the band’s songwriter and producer Ethan Kath remains, their sound is not what you remember it. How will she stand up to Glass? Superbly - Edith stacks up! She's also received rave reviews from critics worldwide. Have a listen below.
2 The tour supports Amnesty (I)
Crystal Castles will be touring in support of their comeback album, Amnesty (I) - the first album recorded with Edith Frances. But you can still expect the pair to take you on an aural journey through well-loved tracks from the group’s four studio albums along with live drummer Christopher Chartrand.
3 It's their debut show in Taipei & Bangkok
Crystal Castles played in Asia as early as last year but it will be a first for both Singapore and Bangkok, which have led to sold out shows. With Edith on the mic, they played at Clockenflap in Hong Kong and Neon Lights in Singapore last year to rave reviews. The last show before that was in 2011 with Alice Glass. The duo is also headlining the entire tour.
4 Most shows have sold out
Seoul is sold out online and has very few tickets at the door. Taipei is sold out online and has no tickets are at the door. Bangkok sold out but just made another 100 tickets available online. Singapore still has limited tickets available online. If you’re desperate, check the individual Facebook groups linked above for resellers.
5 A show was added in Kuala Lumpur
Crystal Castles will be headlining the Uncagemusic Block Party as part of a city-wide festival called Urbanscapes on May 21st. They will be supported by South Korean indie rockers Hyukoh. The show is invite-only show jointly organized with Tiger Beer but if you really want to go, there are 80 passes to be won through Urbanscapes social media contests and also by collecting Tiffin stamps in Urbanscapes' festival guides distributed from 5th-21st May. Check here for updates.
[Photo of Edith Frances @ Clockenflap via Hive Mind]