‘Sierra’ was recorded by Michael Abiuso (The Venetia Fair, Kiss Kiss, The Gay Blades) at Behind the Curtains Media studio in Brooklyn, NYC. It was mixed by legendary engineer, producer and musician Mark Plati (David Bowie, Prince, Spookey Ruben, The Cure, Duncan Sheik, etc) and mastered Jamal Ruhe, of West West Side Music. ‘Sierra’ comes as the first single off Castle Black’s upcoming fourth studio EP The Gods That Adored You, scheduled for release on June 29, 2018.
“In a world that lives in a bubble of unspeakable acts and in a time that few artists speak through music for social issues comes CASTLE BLACK with ‘Sierra’. Taking to issues all of the tremors that are shaking the world today with the punk and tone strong voices that can only make you feel the entirety of the pain felt by many and more than you can imagine.” – Papa Joe
“I wrote Sierra after reading an article on women in Sierra Leone, and the horrible atrocities faced on a daily basis, simply for being women. It’s a song that can be applied to really any situation that is horrific and where some awful person makes someone else suffer for no reason other than their own inhumanity and personal gain. I don’t want to be too specific in my interpretation of the song, as it’s really a song that someone can take so much from, depending on their perspective.
Since the lyrics to this song are so powerful, on the verses I wanted a very simple musical form behind the words. I’ve been inspired by various minimalist composers and the idea of doing more with less. The verses are based on one chord for the guitar, and one note for the bass, with a few embellishments. The syncopation of the verses is really what makes the sound there, almost like a heartbeat, a simple but strong backbone for these very powerful words.
One of my favorite comments about this song was from someone at a show who told me that he loved our ‘one chord song.’” – Leigh Celent
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 refuses to be pinned down to a genre. Each song careens through an almost stream of consciousness depiction of life stories, social anthems, and raw emotions. Gritty female vocals, roaring drums, melodic bass, and guitar-forward hooks collide, staying in your head for days on end.
They have been described as “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) Castle Black is “capturing the NY sound with a subdued, crunchy Garage-band sound with a slight L-7-esque edge to their own concoction.” (Musically Fresh) Indie Rock Café selected Castle Black for their Best DIY and Indie Rock 2016 list. NY Music Daily included the EP Trapped Under All You Know on their Best of 2017 list, the EP release show on their Best Shows of 2017 list and the single “Broken Bright Star” on the Best Songs of 2017 list. Music Existence named the band among their Top Alternative Rock Picks of 2017.
Catch Castle Black on tour:
Thursday, June 28 – The Well, Brooklyn, NY (EP Release Show)
Thursday, July 5 – West Side Bowl – Youngstown, OH
Friday, July 6 – The Comet, Cincinnati, OH
Saturday, July 7 – house show, Grand Rapids, MI
Sunday, July 8 – Bremen Cafe, Milwaukee, WI
Monday, July 9 – New Dodge Lounge, Hamtramck, MI
Tuesday, July 10 – Middle Earth, Columbus, OH
Wednesday, July 11 – Melody Inn, Indianapolis, IN
Thursday, July 12 – Best Friend Bar, Lexington, KY
Friday, July 13 – Spruce Goose – Indianapolis, IN
Saturday, July 14 – Camp Champe, West Branch, MI
Sunday, July 15 – Kelly’s Bar, Hamtramck, MI
Monday, July 16 – Strum Around Productions, Sandusky, OH
Tuesday, July 17 – Skate the Foundry – Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, July 21 – The Uke, Manchester, NJ
Saturday, July 28 – The Alibi Room – Ocean City, MD
Friday, August 3 – 9th Annual Elephant Talk Indie Music Fest, Mays Landing, NJ
Saturday, August 4 – Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA
Sunday, August 5 – Boontunes, Boonton, NJ
Friday, August 31 – Pharmacy, Philadelphia, PA
Thursday, Sept. 6 – Brooklyn Bazaar, Brooklyn, NY
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