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In December of 2017, a big blown was dealt to rock fans everywhere with the passing of Smithereens founder and lead singer Pat DiNizio. While Smithereens fans were, and are, deeply saddened by Pat's passing they also overwhelmingly wanted the band to continue. Fast-forward to today, with the remaining original members of The Smithereens: Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken, and Mike Mesaros currently out on tour with singer-songwriter Marshall Crenshaw, who is sitting in as the band’s guest vocalist.
I caught up with the singer prior to the band's stop in Rhode Island
Tony Jones: What can folks who attend the upcoming gig expect, as far as material, is it strictly Smithereens tunes?
Marshall Crenshaw: Yes, Smithereens Only. I do my stuff at my shows; this is their show. It’s fun for me to play in their band..
Tony Jones: Your association with The Smithereens goes way back, tell us about that?
Marshall Crenshaw: I have known the guys since forever, played a little bit on their first album. At Pat’s memorial back in January it felt like a giant family-reunion. I sat in with the band for 3 songs that night; a little while after that they reached out to me about doing what we’re doing now.
Tony Jones: Are there any plans for you to record new music with The Smithereens?
Marshall Crenshaw: Not that I know of.
Tony Jones: What keeps bringing you back to touring?
Marshall Crenshaw: Playing music keeps my spirit intact. God knows what I would turn into if I stopped doing it. Maybe I will stop sometime but I’m not there yet.
Tony Jones: How do you prepare for a tour?
Marshall Crenshaw: I don’t always prepare, actually. Sometimes I just show up at the first gig and wing it from there..
Tony Jones: You and I both share a passion for independent radio, is there any chance that The Bottomless Pit will someday return to the airwaves?
Marshall Crenshaw: Ah, thanks for asking. The show went on hiatus in January so I could focus on a film production that I decided to attempt. Once I’ve completed that (unless I die trying), I’d like to do the show again, probably will.
Tony Jones: What advice would you give to new and up-and-coming bands and musicians?
Marshall Crenshaw: Be yourself.
The Smithereens tour hits Rhode Island on Saturday, November 17th at The Greenwich Odeum. Tickets are available at: http://www.greenwichodeum.com/
Donations to the Pat DiNizio Scholarship fund can made online at: http://www.countbasietheatre.org/commemorative-giving/ (Select “Pat DiNizio Musical Performance Scholarship” in the drop-down menu)
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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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