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Alice Glass’s new song is ‘a call to arms for all survivors’

‘We need to fight back against those who have victimised us and against the feelings that tell us to give up inside’

Alice Glass has shared a new track, “Cease and Desist”. The electro-punk thrasher, which clocks in at under two minutes, is Glass’s first piece of new music since she accused her former Crystal Castles bandmate Ethan Kath of sexual abuse.

“This song is a call to arms for all survivors,” Glass writes on Facebook. “But 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 victimised us and against the feelings that tell us to give up inside.”

She continues: “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.”

“Promise me you’re never the victim,” Glass shouts on the track. “Promise me you have to fight back.”

Kath denied Glass’s accusations of sexual abuse and confirmed that he was seeking legal action against her. She was handed a court summons after a show by someone pretending to be a fan. “Cease and Desist”s legalese track title could be read as a reference to this.

Listen to “Cease and Desist” below, and scroll down to read its full lyrics.


PROMISE ME YOU’RE NEVER THE VICTIM
PROMISE ME YOU HAVE TO FIGHT
PROMISE ME YOU’RE NEVER THE VICTIM
PROMISE ME YOU HAVE TO FIGHT BACK

YOU HAVE TO FIGHT RIGHT NOW
YOU HAVE TO FIGHT

LIES, YOU’RE NOT ONE OF THEM
YOU CAN TRY
YOU’RE NOT ONE OF THEM
TRY, YOU’RE NOT ONE OF THEM
YOU CAN TRY
THEY WANT TO TAKE IT AWAY FROM YOU

YOU HAVE TO FIGHT RIGHT NOW
YOU HAVE TO FIGHT

PROMISE ME YOU’RE NEVER THE VICTIM
PROMISE ME YOU HAVE TO FIGHT
PROMISE ME YOU’RE NEVER THE VICTIM
PROMISE ME YOU HAVE TO FIGHT BACK

YOU HAVE TO FIGHT RIGHT NOW
YOU HAVE TO FIGHT

LIES, YOU DON’T WANT TO REMEMBER
THEIR LIES, YOU DON’T WANT TO REMEMBER
YOU TRY, BUT YOU DON’T WANT TO REMEMBER
THEIR LIES, THEY WANT TO TAKE IT AWAY FROM YOU

THEY WANT TO TAKE IT ALL AWAY
THEY WANT TO TAKE IT ALL AWAY
THEY WANT TO TAKE IT ALL AWAY
THEY WANT TO TAKE IT AWAY FROM YOU

ASK ME NO MORE QUESTIONS TELL ME NO MORE LIES
HAUNTED BLOOD TASTES BETTER NOW
HAUNTED BLOOD TASTES BETTER NOW
THE WIRES HAVE BEEN CUT AND THE SIGNAL HAS BEEN LOST
HAUNTED BLOOD OF THE INNOCENT
HAUNTED BLOOD OF THE INNOCENT

YOU HAVE TO FIGHT RIGHT NOW
YOU HAVE TO FIGHT

HONESTLY, YOU’RE NEVER THE VICTIM
HONESTLY, YOU HAVE TO FIGHT
HONESTLY, YOU’RE NEVER THE VICTIM
HONESTLY, YOU HAVE TO FIGHT