They are named after the lyrics "The fate of the world is safe in Crystal Castles" and "Crystal Castles, the source of all power" both from the theme song for She-Ra's fortress.
They are known for their melancholic lo-fi sound and their explosive live shows.
Their debut album was included in NME's "Top 50 Albums of the Decade".
Initially the band was a solo project started by Ethan Kath in December 2003.
K., Hailemichael Aberra Afework, is renewing his country’s call for the unconditional return of cultural and religious treasures that were looted by British troops at the Battle of Meqdelā in 1868.
More than a decade ago Ethiopia had officially asked for restitution of the country’s looted treasures, that are being held at various locations in England. According to Thomas Ofcansky and David Shinn’s book entitled , the British army had employed approximately 15 elephants and 200 mules to transport the bounty seized from the treasury of Emperor Tewodros II and several Ethiopian Orthodox Christian churches.
She was not aware that the recording existed until London UK's Merok Records asked to release the track on vinyl. In 18 March 2008 they released their debut album entitled Crystal Castles.
Ethan later discovered Alice Glass singing in a noise-punk band, and thought he had found the "missing ingredient" to his music.
In 2004 Ethan gave Alice 60 instrumental tracks and in April 2005 she recorded vocals over five instrumentals.
The band toured throughout 2010 in the US and abroad and played the Reading and Leeds Festivals and Glastonbury Festival in the UK and Big Day Out in Australia.
In February 2011, the band will perform on the NME Awards Tour The band's third album, (III) was released on November 21, 2012.