Tony Jones Show #210 - With music from Castle Black, Jenn Vix, Deer Tick, The McGunks, The Callouts, Ravi Shavi, Damone, The Sheila Divine, Silverteeth, and Tammy LaForest.
NEW YORK CITY | Post-punk rock trio Castle Black return with a new EP Dead in a Dream today. Delivering a blend of raw yet addictive material, the band pulls from a range of punk, post-punk, grunge, alternative rock and new wave influences, crafting a sound of their own. With three punchy tracks, this release comes as the first half of their forthcoming EP Take Her My Life, due out later this year.
New Fury Media premiered the release sharing, "The band plays an interesting style of alt-rock that draws from Sonic Youth and L7, so if riot grrl bands are your thing (they should be!), this band might be right up your alley." Castle Black have continued to develop their sound and delivery, with drummer Joey Russo providing his recording debut for the band on this release. Roaring guitar riffs, melodic yet driving bass lines, and thunderous drums all are led by vocalist/guitarist Leigh Celent's raw, angsty vocals; combined, they demand attention in a power-packed delivery. Carefully honed, they provide an authentic and unfiltered delivery, with melodic hook-filled passages building an emotional performance that keeps listeners guessing, yet always returning for more. Utilizing their music as a reflection to society, the lyrics are often left intentionally broad; open for interpretation on personal, societal, and political levels. "I think a lot of the themes of this album also build on previous themes," mused Celent. "But they also go beyond those previous themes in a way that I’m not even sure that I understand. So maybe this EP is just about going beyond, and there are lots of interpretations of that idea." Celent shared the reasoning and concept behind the band's decision to release the music as a two-part collection. "We decided to take the idea from 2018’s the gods that adored you a step further. With the gods, we partitioned the EP into two parts, as a way to differentiate one chunk of songs from the other on the album, and as a way to better express how we saw the album thematically. With Dead in a Dream, we are releasing this EP in advance of the full EP, Take Her My Life. It will include both mini-EPs: Dead in a Dream and Born in a Dream."
Dead in a Dream was recorded by Michael Abiuso (The Venetia Fair, Kiss Kiss, The Gay Blades) at Behind The Curtains Media in Brooklyn, NY. It was mixed by Mark Plati (known for his work with David Bowie, Prince, Spookey Ruben, The Cure, Duncan Sheik), and mastered by Tom Scheponik. The album's cover art focuses on a rag doll sitting in a window; the simplicity evokes numerous emotions, open to interpretation as much as Castle Black's music. From nostalgia for the innocence of childhood days, to a sense of sadness, viewers are left to ponder. "I had a strong image in my head of what I wanted the cover art to look like," said Celent. "I had a specific idea of the type of doll that I wanted, and how I saw her posed. At some point, I remembered that I had a doll as a kid that totally fit the bill, at least as I remembered her. I texted my mom right away, hoping that the doll was still at her house and that she actually looked as I’d remembered her. When I went to pick her up, she was it."
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BROOKLYN, NY – Television, internet and social media make it easier than ever to bring world issues to light – but an overwhelming quantity of information also makes it easy for them to be forgotten, as one day rolls into the next. Brooklyn post-punk/grunge band Castle Black use their new single “Sierra” to revive one such issue; bringing fresh awareness to the ongoing hardships and atrocities that women across the globe still face. The song was directly inspired by the plight of women in Sierra Leone, many of whom face hunger, domestic and sexual violence, and lack of legal action to provide change, all in a country still recovering from civil war. An ongoing daily struggle, their situation, and the fight of many others too often becomes overlooked and forgotten. “Sierra” provides a powerfully reflective piece, providing a stand for many who don’t have a voice.
“I wrote ‘Sierra’ after reading an article on women in Sierra Leone, and the horrible atrocities faced on a daily basis, simply for being women,” commented vocalist/guitarist Leigh Celent. “It’s a song that can be applied to really any situation that is horrific and where some awful person makes someone else suffer for no reason other than their own inhumanity and personal gain. I don’t want to be too specific in my interpretation of the song, as it’s really a song that someone can take so much from, depending on their perspective.” A social anthem, both directly in reference to Sierra Leone as well as on a wider scope, the song reminds individuals to stand up for others and speak against violence and injustices, whether occurring near or far. “Sierra” premeired on Uncivil Revolt, who added that the track can, “make you feel the entirety of the pain felt by many and more than you can imagine.”
Utilizing a repetitive, syncopated chord, the song provides a minimalistic start, focusing the listener on the gravity of the lyrics. “I’ve been inspired by various minimalist composers and the idea of doing more with less. The syncopation of the verses is really what makes the sound there, almost like a heartbeat, a simple but strong backbone for these very powerful words,” shared Celent. Recorded by Michael Abiuso (The Venetia Fair, Kiss Kiss, The Gay Blades) at Behind the Curtains Media, the track was mixed by legendary engineer, producer and musician Mark Plati (David Bowie, Prince, Spookey Ruben, The Cure, Duncan Sheik, etc.). Plati contributed mixes for a number of tracks off the band’s upcoming EP the gods that adored you, which is scheduled for release on June 29. As the lead single, “Sierra” showcases not only a bold social stand, but also presents a confident showcase of Castle Black’s sound, presenting a mix of their signature heavy-hitting post-punk and grunge tones, along with their comfort to experiment into new territory on their fourth studio release.
“Sierra” is out everywhere today, and available for stream and download on Spotify, Bandcamp, iTunesand all major digital retailers. The band will donate 100% of sales of “Sierra”, purchased via Bandcamp until the EP release, to No Means No Worldwide, a charity that focuses on sexual violence intervention, awareness and empowerment through education and training of young boys and girls in countries with rampant sexual abuse rates. No Means No currently operates in Kenya and Malawai, and with more funding, can hopefully can bring their novel approach to rape prevention to other countries. Castle Black has a full summer tour booked, bringing them across the midwestern and eastern U.S; dates can be found below. NYC fans can join the band for their EP release show on June 28 at The Well (Brooklyn, NY) with support from Bloody Your Hands, I Am The Polish Army, and Quick Hundo. Digital and physical formats of the gods that adored you will be released on on Friday, June 29 on all retailers. Surging forth on all fronts, Castle Black step forward as a must-watch band of the year.
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