Post-punk/grunge trio Castle Black share new EP 'Dead In A Dream'
Post-punk rock trio Castle Black return with a new EP Dead in a Dream today. Delivering a blend of raw yet addictive material, the band pulls from a range of punk, post-punk, grunge, alternative rock and new wave influences, crafting a sound of their own. With three punchy tracks, this release comes as the first half of their forthcoming EP Take Her My Life, due out later this year.
New Fury Media premiered the release earlier this week sharing, "The band plays an interesting style of alt-rock that draws from Sonic Youth and L7, so if riot grrl bands are your thing (they should be!), this band might be right up your alley." Castle Black have continued to develop their sound and delivery, with drummer Joey Russo providing his recording debut for the band on this release. Roaring guitar riffs, melodic yet driving bass lines, and thunderous drums all are led by vocalist/guitarist Leigh Celent's raw, angsty vocals; combined, they demand attention in a power-packed delivery. Carefully honed, they provide an authentic and unfiltered delivery, with melodic hook-filled passages building an emotional performance that keeps listeners guessing, yet always returning for more. Utilizing their music as a reflection to society, the lyrics are often left intentionally broad; open for interpretation on personal, societal, and political levels. "I think a lot of the themes of this album also build on previous themes," mused Celent. "But they also go beyond those previous themes in a way that I’m not even sure that I understand. So maybe this EP is just about going beyond, and there are lots of interpretations of that idea."
Celent shared the reasoning and concept behind the band's decision to release the music as a two-part collection. "We decided to take the idea from 2018’s the gods that adoredyou a step further. With the gods, we partitioned the EP into two parts, as a way to differentiate one chunk of songs from the other on the album, and as a way to better express how we saw the album thematically. With Dead in a Dream, we are releasing this EP in advance of the full EP, Take Her My Life. It will include both mini-EPs: Dead in a Dream and Born in a Dream."
Dead in a Dream was recorded by Michael Abiuso (The Venetia Fair, Kiss Kiss, The Gay Blades) at Behind The Curtains Media in Brooklyn, NY. It was mixed by Mark Plati (known for his work with David Bowie, Prince, Spookey Ruben, The Cure, Duncan Sheik), and mastered by Tom Scheponik. The album's cover art focuses on a rag doll sitting in a window; the simplicity evokes numerous emotions, open to interpretation as much as Castle Black's music. From nostalgia for the innocence of childhood days, to a sense of sadness, viewers are left to ponder. "I had a strong image in my head of what I wanted the cover art to look like," said Celent. "I had a specific idea of the type of doll that I wanted, and how I saw her posed. At some point, I remembered that I had a doll as a kid that totally fit the bill, at least as I remembered her. I texted my mom right away, hoping that the doll was still at her house and that she actually looked as I’d remembered her. When I went to pick her up, she was it."
Dead in a Dream is out everywhere today, including Bandcamp, Spotify, and Apple Music; physical CD's are available from the band and a limited release 7″ vinyl will be available later this summer. Castle Black have a number of shows lined up in support of the new release, with numerous regional and NYC dates, as well as an appearance at the female-fronted Ladybug Festival in Wilmington, DE. They will continue with a September tour across the midwest and southern U.S.