alice glass speaks out about abuse

The former Crystal Castles singer opens up about an abusive relationship as she releases her new single.

by Nick Levine
17 July 2015, 5:37pm

After quitting Crystal Castles last October citing "a multitude of reasons both professional and personal", Alice Glass has shared her first solo single. Titled Stillbirth, it was co-written by Glass with Jupiter Keyes of US noise band Health, and will be available on download stores and streaming services from tomorrow. Glass says there is "no label involved". In a statement shared earlier this morning, Glass also says that all proceeds from Stillbirth will go to "organizations like the nonprofit RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) that help survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence and incest".

In the typed statement, shared on Twitter as a screen-grab, Glass reveals that "years ago I began the process of trying to remove myself from an abusive relationship that started when I was a teenager. Over the course of that relationship I was systematically cut off from anyone and everyone that I could truly be close to. I was talked down to, yelled at, locked into rooms and criticized daily about my abilities, my weight, my looks, my intelligence and almost every move I made".

She proceeds to reassure fans that "getting out of that situation has opened up my life in a way that I didn't imagine was possible" and says she now wants to become a beacon of hope to others in similar predicaments. "I speak out now hoping that I can encourage other young women and young men to affirm their value within their relationships or get out," Glass writes. "Abuse isn't always obvious and it doesn't have to involve black eyes, blood and broken bones. Emotional and psychological abuse can be just as damaging, and it is extremely difficult to remove yourself from."

Glass and her former bandmate Ethan Kath have quarreled publicly since she exited the electro duo last year. After Kath claimed that Glass "didn't appear on Crystal Castles' best known songs" and had exaggerated her songwriting contribution, Glass tweeted she wrote "almost all" of the band's lyrics and "the vast majority of the vocal melodies". She also insisted that she helped to shape the band's "sound and aesthetic from the very beginning".

With its bludgeoning electro-rock riffs and powerful "I want to start again" refrain, Stillbirth certainly feels like a statement of intent from Glass. She says she hopes to release a "lullaby"-like sister song soon.

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