If you listened closely to Crystal Castles at the Gothic Theatre on Thursday, you could almost hear Alice Glass’ higher yelps rise above the synthesizers. But no one was bothering to listen closely to the Canadian electronic-goth duo, backed by a live drummer, because Glass’ insanity on stage and the blinding light show were mesmerizing. If the audience — busy caught up in the beats and atmosphere — could hear anything, it was on the off-chance that the melody would shine through the noise.
Nearly full to capacity, the Gothic was a crowd of punked-out teens there to dance by parent permission. Though Crystal Castles lacked in the auditory department, the band made up for it in energy. Glass was seemingly unstoppable — forcing the crowd to hold her in the air while she shouted, smoked and sneered. She hopped up on the drumset with no regard for her’s, the drummer’s or the equipment’s safety. And the lights and lasers bathed all of the commotion in deep, graveyard shadows followed by blinding, beautiful shades of every color.
Julio Enriquez is a Denver writer and photographer, editor of the Cause=Time blog and a regular contributor to Reverb.