Alice Glass says "Abuse isn't always obvious", releases new song
Alice Glass, the former frontwoman of the electro-punk band Crystal Castles took to Facebook today to post a new solo track along with a statement about a past abusive relationship. Glass left the band, which was a collaboration between her and Ethan Kath, last year. Kath has since recruited a new singer, known only as "Edith" (who may just be Kath himself).
Glass discussed the difficulty of extracting yourself from an emotionally abusive relationship, and the insidiousness of manipulative behavior in artistic communities.
I want young women and young men to understand that this kind of treatment of others can happen where it might be least expected. Even in environments that thrive on creativity and open-mindedness, that advocate artistic and counter-culture ideals. Sometimes people will use these things to camouflage themselves so that their abuse might go unnoticed. So that you wouldn't think to consider it could be happening right in front of you.
The clarity I've gained since getting out of that situation has opened up my life in a way that I didn't imagine was possible. Although some of the pain and anger still lingers, my life finally feels as though it has value and meaning. 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. 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 does not name the abuser she describes in her Facebook post, but evidence suggests that she is referring to Kath. She tweeted this in response to criticism from him back in April:
manipulative statements about my contributions to the band only reinforce the decision I made to move on to other things— ALICE GLASS (@ALICEGLASS) April 17, 2015