Are you a person who enjoys the musical stylings of groups such as L7, Hole, and/or Sonic Youth? Yes? Excellent! Then you most certainly need to get to know Castle Black. The grungy post-punk trio from New York are just about to release their fourth EP, the gods that adored you (on June 29th), and conveniently, we’re streaming the whole shebang. The five-track Michael Abiuso-recorded affair (The Venetia Fair, Kiss Kiss, The Gay Blades) once again highlights the band’s female vocal attack and punk/alt-rock blend, a mighty mixture as evidenced by Castle Black’s ongoing success and energetic live shows.

With additional mixing and production perfection from none other than Mark Plati (David Bowie, Prince, Spookey Ruben, The Cure) and mastering by way of Jamal Ruhe, the names attached to this album alone are enough to warrant your time. Factor in the trio’s actual post-punk prowess and it’s a no-brainer. Stream the jam below and be sure to note the growing list of summer US shows.

Commenting on the album and full stream, the band noted “The album is broken into two parts, Part A: Fucked and Part B: Adored. This concept comes from the fourth song on the album, ‘A Cigarette, Saved.’ The parts are distinctly different, in terms of the sound of the songs and the feeling, but both parts fit together to make up the whole of the album. As with all of our albums, there is a general trajectory to the songs and there’s a reason these songs are on this EP and ordered and divided in this way.”

Tour Dates:

06/28 – The Well, Brooklyn – NY (EP Release Show)
07/05 – West Side Bowl – Youngstown, OH
07/06 – The Comet – Cincinnati, OH
07/07 – house show – Grand Rapids, MI
07/08 – Bremen Cafe – Milwaukee, WI
07/09 – New Dodge Lounge – Hamtramck, MI
07/10 – Middle Earth – Columbus, OH
07/11 – Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN
07/12 – Best Friend Bar – Lexington, KY
07/13 – Spruce Goose – Indianapolis, IN
07/14 – Camp Champe – West Branch, MI
07/15 – Kelly’s Bar – Hamtramck, MI
07/16 – Strum Around Productions – Sandusky, OH
07/17 – Skate the Foundry – Philadelphia, PA
07/21 – Mother Pug’s – New Kensington, PA
07/28 – The Alibi Room – Ocean City, MD
08/03 – 9th Annual Elephant Talk Indie Music Fest – Mays Landing, NJ
08/04 – Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
08/05 – Boontunes – Boonton, NJ
08/31 – Pharmacy – Philadelphia, PA
09/06 – Brooklyn Bazaar – Brooklyn, NY

Be sure to also check out the “Broken Bright Star” video before you peace out.


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