Leigh Celent - Guitar/Vocals Lisa Low - Bass/Vocals Audrey Casey - Drums
Castle Black is a Brooklyn-based rock trio, 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 tells a different part of the master picture of personal life stories and social anthems. This is music with meaning. Aggressive female vocals, roaring drums, canny bass and guitar-forward jams 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), their “hard-hitting beats reminiscent of Hole’s best songs” (Indiemunity). 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). They were included on the Best DIY and Indie Rock 2016 list from Indie Rock Cafe.
Their first EP, Find You There, was released in August 2015, with a follow-up single, Dark Light: A Plague Revisited, released in May 2016. Their second EP, Losing Forever, as well as their video for Dark Light, was released in October 2016. A limited edition lathe record for their single Blind Curtain was released in April 2017, on Leesta Vall Sound Recordings. They have plans to release another EP and video in summer 2017. Castle Black plays regularly in New York and New Jersey, including having played both Northside Festival and the Jersey Shore Festival in 2016/2017. The band has toured further, including stops in Washington DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. They recently played in Austin, TX during SXSW, and will be playing the upcoming Staten Island PrideFest. In addition, they were selected as one of five female artists to play Summer on the Hudson’s Make Some Noise festival and will be opening for Richard Lloyd of Television in June. Their songs have been played on both domestic and international radio shows, including Strawberry Tongue Radio, Banks Radio Australia, Vulcan Sound Radio, Rock Radio UK, Radio Free Brooklyn, Lionheart Radio UK, Radio Tatras International, Kane FM, Riviera FM and many more.