New Sounds: Alice Glass grows bolder and colder on ‘Cease and Desist’


For ex-Crystal Castles singer Alice Glass, 2017 was, if nothing else, exhausting.

After a solo tour with Marylin Manson, a defiant solo EP, and most important of all, standing her ground in a detailed account of the alleged abuse from former bandmate Ethan Kath, Glass forges forward in the new year, starting with new single “Cease and Desist.”

To the surprise of no one, the two-minute glitch-pop-rock tune offers emboldened solace for fellow assault survivors. It’s freaky, it’s unabashed, and it’s a major, confident departure from her “Am I worth it or am I worthless?” mentality from past tune “Without Love”.

“This song is a call to arms for all survivors,” says Glass in the press release. “But being a survivor often means feeling afraid, it means sometimes feeling worthless, like you can’t go on. We need to fight back against those who have victimized us and against the feelings that tell us to give up inside. Sometimes we think we deserve the pain others have inflicted on us. This song is what I need to tell myself to get through each day, and what I hope other survivors can remember when they feel like they can’t make it through the darkness of their own recovery. Every day is a fight.”

Check out the single and accompanying glitchwave music vid below.