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 careens through an almost stream of consciousness depiction of life stories, social anthems and raw emotions. Gritty female vocals, delicate back-up adornments, roaring drums, canny 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)
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-cut record for their single Blind Curtain was released in April 2017, on Leesta Vall Sound Recordings. Their third studio EP, Trapped Under All That You Know, will be released on August 25th, 2017.
Castle Black has played several notable festivals, including Brooklyn’s Northside Festival, NJ Shore Festival and Staten Island’s PrideFest. They were 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 prestigious acts, including Richard Lloyd (of Television), Big D and the Kids Table and POD. Indie Rock Café selected Castle Black for their Best DIY and Indie Rock 2016 list. The band’s shows have extended to Washington DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Texas. 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, 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.