Live// Crystal Castles @ O2 Academy Brixton

2012 has, rightfully, been the Canadian music’s time to shine, what with success stories ranging from acts such as Feist and Grimes, right through to Cancer Bats. So it’s just as well that following the release of their highly lauded third album, (III), everybody’s favourite boy/girl Toronto duo headed over to one of the finest live music venues that South London has on offer, to showcase a veritable feast of encapsulating dance music at it’s finest.

Presenting themselves to a pre-warmed up crowd, Alice Glass and Ethan Kath, as well as a live drummer, adhered the weekend crowd and kept a firm grip, right up to the show’s finale. Unleashing tracks such as their recent single – Plagueand fan favourite Baptism early on in their set, prior to the crowd’s warning to “calm down” from the venue’s security – leading front woman, Glass, to explain the band’s on stage tribute to a fan of the band that sadly lost his battle with cancer at the young age of 18. Thus moving on to thrash through a euphoric, bass driven set, landscaped by a mind-melting light show, leading the night to a halt with an encore that consisted of Sad Eyes, Insulin and Yes No.

Crystal Castles have benefited hugely from this year’s hype surrounding their local scene, but it’s less than likely that they’ll fade away anytime soon, unlike the majority of passing trends.

Jonathan Hatchman

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