Being a bit partial to some L7, when “Blind Curtain” dropped into my inbox, my speakers were dying to blast it out and, yep, New York-based Castle Black, who have had their sound described as being “often compared to variants and mixes of Hole, Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill, L-7 and Dead Weather”, deliver on that description with a four-minute blast of raucous grunge.

Following a pattern that should probably have been trademarked by L7, “Blind Curtain” is fairly basic in structure. The guitars buzz, the melody is repetitive yet infectious and the whole thing has a grubby, dirty air about it. Basically, if Hole, L7 and Bikini Kill had a massive scrap in the car park of some dodgy bar, Castle Black is exactly what they would sound like.

Run Time: 4:03
Release Date: April 15, 2017

Check out a live version of the band’s song “Blind Curtain”


I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.