After debuting a new song from their forthcoming album at Reading & Leeds over the weekend, the insane electro duo Crystal Castles have announced details of a UK tour this autumn and commented on their imminent 3rd album release:
“Oppression is a theme, in general… A lot of bad things have happened to people close to me since ‘II’ and it’s profoundly influenced my writing as I’ve realized there will never be justice for them. I didn’t think I could lose faith in humanity any more than I already had, but after witnessing some things, it feels like the world is a dystopia where victims don’t get justice and corruption prevails. I’m one step away from being a vigilante to protect people and bring justice to the people I love. I’ve thought about it.” – Alice Glass
“We wanted the new album to sound like a completely different and new experience. Any keyboards and pedals used on ‘I’ or ‘II’ were traded for different keyboards and pedals so that there would be a new palette of sounds to work with. We wouldn’t allow any computers near the studio, everything had to be recorded to tape. We’d limit ourselves to 1 take because we believe the 1st take is the rawest expression of an idea.” – Ethan Kath
The tour dates are as follows and you can watch Crystal Castles perform the new song ‘Wrath of God‘ below:
22nd – BIRMINGHAM Institute
23rd – NORWICH Norwich U.E.A.
24th – LONDON Brixton Academy
26th – GLASGOW ABC
27th – LEEDS Academy
28th – MANCHESTER Academy
Crayon Skateboards return with a new Autumn deck series featuring their new Big C collection. These bad boys manufactured by the Generator wood shop in the USA will be heading to your local skate shop as you read this today, so order one now before they sell out. New team rider Andy “Evz” Evans from Liverpool has an edit here you may want to watch too.
The legend that is Neil Blender returns with his art splashed across a new Black Label series of decks this month. Look out for these with Omar Hassan, Matt Hensley, Salman Agah, and Wade Speyer’s custom shapes!
The Kennington Bowl was rinsed this weekend in South London with what looks to be a stirling job completed in record time by One and Californian skateparks. The sunshine held all day for Converse Skateboarding’s launch party and after a shop comp, Rollersnakes took the first place with Harry Lintell cleaning up on the new concrete.
Unfortunately due to a house move I could not be there document the day but by all accounts it went off. Footage will surface from HTH soon enough and coverage in SW and Grey will surely be on its way but for now, enjoy Marc Churchill getting busy on one of the new creations courtesy of the Witchcraft FB.
Marc Churchill and co are getting dirty down at Kennington Skatepark in South London as you read this in preparation for Saturday’s opening jam. The weather is looking likely to be the best on record this year so get hyped on this. Slam City are giving away shoes from Converse as part of the build up daily on their fb page where this photo originates from. Get some.
Revolution Skatepark have finished building their new indoor warehouse and unleashed a mini ramp complex like nowhere else down South.
Look forward to heading down to the coast to session their new 15ft vert wall, driveway, 2 spines, volcano and various blocks and banks too. There’s also a dedicated beginner area in here for the nippas.
If you would like to session the new park in their ‘opening ceremony’ for skateboards only, then get down to Broadstairs in Kent for the 7pm-10pm session on Wednesday 11th April. Well done to all involved.
Zoo York have recently unveiled the new ‘Locals Only‘ series a collaboration with skater-turned photographer Jay Maldonado.
The decks look absolutely banging and having someone born and raised in the lower east-side of Manhattan taking flicks make this super legit. Click here for an exclusive interview Zoo York did with the man himself and have a look below for the decks.
Pigeons are my favourite animal ever. They’ve got a bad reputation and I dig that. This rep stems from the same breed of idiots that attribute notions of purity and peace to those butter-wouldn’t-melt bastard doves. Despite the dove and the pigeon being in the same family of birds, they are dismissed as a disease-riddled nuisance. Never to be put down by racial profiling, the pigeon is so bad-ass it just struts around cities where ever it pleases, eating up whatever we’re too lazy to put in a bin. The pigeon is an urban bird that quite obviously doesn’t give a fuck. And I love them.
So imagine my delight when Zoo York put out a board with a flock of up-to-no-good pigeons lurking on top of the tallest building in the sprawling menagerie that is New York. The caption reads ‘plotting doom from high upon the empire state building’ and that’s precisely what they’re up to. These birds belong in the same cage that houses the likes of Forrest Kirby, Zered Basset, Aaron Suski and other wood-pushers that are simply too gnarly to exist outside of some sort of enclosure. It’s only fair that my bros the pigeons get a pro board too.
The deck itself rides like a dream made straight from the concrete jungle. The very place that according to Alicia Keys has an assembly line specifically designed to pump out dreams as relentlessly as time passes. The only difference is that this dream is a solid piece of wood, but it did come from a similar assembly line. Zoo York regularly produce excellent planks to ride and this is no exception. It also happens to have the raddest graphic I’ve seen from them in some time. Hold tight Zoo York and hold tight pigeons.