Castle Black "Blind Curtain" Review from Jonathan Hanson at Digital Wheat Paste
"Castle Black’s new single, “Blind Curtain” comes off the line heavy as a stone slab. The guitars are deep and distorted, not heavy metal, not doom and gloom, but still forceful."
"Once it gets up to speed it sounds like it came from a stoner-rock honky-tonk, and driving fast with the windows down (or with no windows at all) sounds like the ideal setting for this song. Maybe this is what they have planned all along- their previous EP, Losing Forever, developed with each track, so perhaps “Blind Curtain” will fulfill that and be one piece of an awesome music-pie."
"The guitars buzz, the melody is repetitive yet infectious and the whole thing has a grubby, dirty air about it."
"Delivering eclectic and thunderous heavy rock sounds, powerful vocals and dark, dystopian lyrics, Brooklyn hard rock trio Castle Black’s new cinematic video – “Dark Light: A Plague Revisited” – is something to behold as far as music videos go."
"Castle Black’s sound is an inventive and stimulating mixture of genres, including classic rock, alt. rock, punk, post punk and grunge. The infusion of various genres also makes Castle Black’s style one of a kind."
“Premonition is a perfect example of the band’s genre-bending talents. On this track, the band morphs into an indie pop/post-punk outfit, ripping out a hookalicious, melody-laden summertime track ... "
"They’ve got two excellent ep’s out, along with a killer video shot at Fort Tilden ... It’s the rare video that holds your attention all the way through to see what finally happens, a mystery story in images with a ferocious soundtrack."
"Sabotage has a mighty oldschool Britpunk feel, it’s catchy, and anthemic, and pissed off, and like a lot of this band’s songs, is packed with unexpected tempo shifts, counterintuitive major/minor changes and catchy hooks. Premonition, by contrast, is a lot more straightforward, a bitter, vivid late-summer reminiscence. The jangle/crunch dichotomy in Celent’s guitar overdubs brings to mind the Distillers."
"Bronner’s menacing rumble undpins the wickedly catchy, minor-key Secret Hideaway, part dark garage rock, part X, part Thalia Zedek."
"Leave It kicks off like a swaying, midtempo Buzzcocks ballad and then hits a burning doublespeed punk drive, like peak-era Sleater-Kinney but with better vocals. The album winds up with its best song, the hauntingly epic, doomed Dark Light, built around Celent’s menacing, opening cliffhanger riff: it’s this band’s Last Rockers."
"Doesn’t it feel great when you stumble on an up-and-coming band who end up fulfilling their promise, and them some? Castle Black‘s sizzling set Friday night at Basement Bar in Bushwick had the fearlessness and outside-the-box creativity of classic punk rock ... Castle Black delivered that kind of defiantly individualistic energy with equal parts guitar-fueled savagery and sardonic humor."
"It’s amazing how tight this band has become over the past six months: constant gigging will do that to you. And yet, their music hasn’t lost its raw edge, or persistent unease, or outright menace. And they’re a lot of fun to watch live."
"The band opened with the skronky postpunk of Doing Time Pass. Celent is an interesting guitarist: she likes catchy hooks, but just when things might get predictable, she veers off into noise. There was a little Andy Gill, or maybe Arto Lindsay in her jagged lines, but mostly it was just her. The band roared their way into Leave It with a slow, stalking groove, like a vintage Buzzcocks epic that they suddenly took doublespeed into anthemic Avengers territory, then back again."
"Back at the Paper Box there was hard-rockin’ trio Castle Black with a gritty and aggressive female ‘tude."
"Last year the big apple saw the inception of Brooklyn founded Castle Black, a Punk/Grunge trio capturing the NY sound with a subdued, crunchy Garage-band sound with a slight L7-esque edge to their own concoction."
"Castle Black are the kind of band you want to catch on the way up. Right now, the power trio are running on inspiration. They’re pushing the limits of their chops, careening through a bunch of styles – old school punk, abrasive post-Bush Tetras post-punk and noisy later-period Sleater-Kinney indie aggro, to name a few – on their way to really crystallizing a sound of their own."
"There’s Premonition, which has a sludgy country feel and then picks up steam; the epic Dark Light: A Plague Revisited, with the eerie foreshadowing of its opening hook, to a series of unexpected up-and-down tempo shifts; The Next Thing, with its trippy, oscillating white noise and mashup of stoner metal riffage and viciously chugging old school punk rumble."
From Tanya Tabone, at Indiemunity: Castle Black – Find You There EP
"The opening bars of the EP will tear you away from what you are doing to listen. The aggressive female vocals and hard hitting beats are reminiscent of Hole’s best songs, and the dirty garage sound of the guitars on ‘Psychic Surgery’ will have you air guitaring along in no time. The vocals on this song are high pitched and hard hitting – everything a female lead rock singer should be."
From Tina Federspiel from Indieball
“First thing that comes to my mind when hearing "The Next Thing" is rock music similar to Sleater-Kinney. Eighties rock fast forwards into the year 2015 ..and you have the sound of Castle Black. I envision being in a secluded downtown NY bar.... that only fits about 100 people in the room and everyone watching the band with eager eyes.
From Josh Hershkovitzat Speak Into My Good Eye: Live Review: Big D and the Kids Table, Teenage Halloween, Counterpunch, Doped Up Dollies & Castle Black Played Brighton Bar
"I got there early enough to catch the openers, one of which I had never seen. Castle Black was an interesting addition to the lineup and unfortunately I only saw a few of their songs. I was treated to some gritty, aggressive female vocals."
Archived Radio shows:
Interview on the WCPR "Mansion Of M" Radio Show
The Rodent Hour #1625
3rd Strike Rock, May 30, 2016
Grrrl Power Hour: October 2016: https://www.mixcloud.com/LuckyStarRadio/28-grrrl-power-hour-october-2016/
Grrrl Power Hour: May 2016: https://www.mixcloud.com/LuckyStarRadio/23-grrrl-power-hour-may-2016/
Grrrl Power Hour: December 2015: https://www.mixcloud.com/LuckyStarRadio/18-grrrl-power-hour-december-2015/
Grrrl Power Hour: October 2015: https://www.mixcloud.com/LuckyStarRadio/16-grrrl-power-hour-october-2015/
Stations we have been featured on from around the world:
Lionheart Radio FM 107.3 (Big Boots and Celtic Roots)
North Cotswold Community Radio (Unsigned Community)