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Castle Black


Shows of Summer

Not quite back to touring properly, but this is a start. We hope you can make one of these – if you aren’t anywhere near any of these places, the show on July 19th is also a live stream. Contact us if you want more detail on any of the shows in terms of safety precautions (or in terms of anything!) 

7/15 – Ridgewood, Queens 
7/17 – Hamden, CT
7/19 – Vermilion, OH
7/31 – Detroit, MI
8/6 – Mays Landing, NJ
8/13.- LIC, Queens
8/28 – Greenpoint, Brooklyn
9/11 – Canton, OH

Full list is here

We just got back from Georgia, where we filmed our next video – we can’t wait for you to see this one. Our next EP is ready to go, we’re just working on release dates and such, but it will likely be in September. 

Castle Black is a Brooklyn-based rock band, bringing a powerful and thunderous sound, full of hard-hitting jams, never sacrificing the hook.  Described as drawing from punk, post-punk, grunge, alternative and new wave, Castle Black defies the average rock genre.  Each song careens through an almost stream of consciousness depiction of life stories, social anthems and raw emotions.   With an intense live show, “impossible to tell what was coming next, except that it was bound to be loud and hard and intense – and catchy” (NY Music Daily), Castle Black is a “reminder of what dominating guitar riffs, melodic basslines, booming drums and a powerful singer with rock prowess can do.”  (Subversive Zine)

“The trio seamlessly blend ’80s punk with the heyday of grunge across powerful tunes that roar with a gritty melody” (New Noise Magazine) and are “the kind of band you want to catch on the way up” (New York Music Daily), whose “sound is an inventive and stimulating mixture of genres,” making “Castle Black’s style one of a kind.” (Indie Rock Café)  NY Music Daily included their 2017 release Trapped Under All You Know on their Best of 2017 list, included the single “Broken Bright Star” on the Best Songs of 2017 list, and included their live show on their Best Shows of 2017 list.  Music Existence named the band among their Top Alternative Rock Picks of 2017.

Their latest EP, Take Her My Life, was released in November 2019, and comprises Part B, Dead in a Dream, which was released in July 2019 and is also available on vinyl, and Part A, Born in a Dream. These “songs defy the average and are powerful and hard-hitting, always focused on hitting that trademark hook you’re waiting for.” (Puregrain Audio) Be on the lookout for the 2020 video for the single, “Dead in a Dream.” “Few bands in the punk/alternative/grunge realm are as exciting as Castle Black. With each subsequent release- and there are many- these New Yorkers only get more interesting, more unconventional and more dynamic in their approach.” (Take Effect) Their fourth studio EP, the gods that adored you, was released on June 29th, 2018. “The energy embodied within this 5 track, 22 minute EP from Castle Black is a force which will withstand critiques from even the harshest outcry.” (Dear Entitled) Both Dead in a Dream and the gods that adored you include mixes from Mark Plati (known for his work with David Bowie and Prince, among others).   “Sierra” (off the gods that adored you) was released as a single on June 15th, 2018, and has been widely adored, “taking to issue all of the tremors that are shaking the world today with the punk and tone strong voices can only make.”  (Uncivil Revolt)  They have released three other EPs:  Trapped Under All You Know (2017), Losing Forever (2016) and Find You There (2015), as well as several singles and official videos, in addition to a limited-edition run of a lathe-cut record for their single “Blind Curtain,” released on Leesta Val Sound Recordings in 2017.

Castle Black – Dead In A Dream

Castle Black – Broken Bright Star

Castle Black – Darklight

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