by Kyle Fleck
on Sun, Sep 1, 2013 at 11:40 AM
Dropping beats not bombs.
Crystal Castles lit a fuse under Seattle's trademark arms-crossed-I'm-not-dancing stance and blew it the hell up last night at the TuneIn stage. It probably helped that the majority of the crowd seemed to be drunken college kids with rave light-sabers (it's a thing!), but nonetheless, all traces of subtlety and nuance were stripped away, leaving just the pulsating, strobe-lit techno bounce at the core of their best work.
Though her vocals were incomprehensible for the entire set, frontwoman Alice Glass was completely magnetic, jumping into the front row and having them stand her up while she belted out her glitched-up banshee wails, while beat magician Ethan Kath stoically head-banged behind his keyboard. Near the end of the set, they threw in "Alice Practice", their breakout single, and the whole lawn became an ocean of ecstatically gyrating bodies. Who knew chiptunes could bang so hard?