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Aug 24, 2018

I Chat with Leigh from Castle Black. We talk about females in the music scene, crazy dreams, and even get a little political!!


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 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 fourth studio EP, the gods that adored you, will be released on June 29th, 2018, and includes mixes from Mark Plati (known for his work with David Bowie and Prince, among others).   The first single “Sierra” was released 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.   

Castle Black has played several popular festivals, including Mondo Fest, Northside Fest, NJ Shore Fest and Staten Island’s PrideFest.  The band was  selected through an audition process as one of a handful of female-fronted groups for Summer on the Hudson’s Make Some Noise Festival in 2017, which highlighted women musicians making an impact on the NYC music scene.   They have opened for several notable acts, including Richard Lloyd (of Television), Big D and the Kids Table and POD.  The actively touring band has had their songs played on both domestic and international radio shows, including Strawberry Tongue Radio, Banks Radio Australia, Vulcan Sound Radio, Rock Radio UK, Radio Free Brooklyn, Radio KSCR, Lionheart Radio UK, Lucky Star Radio, Radio Tatras International, Kane FM, Valley FM 89.5, 3rd Strike Radio, Riviera FM and many more.

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