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 what 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 latest EP, Dead in a Dream, was released in July 2019, and is the first part of the larger EP, Take Her My Life, that will be released in November. “Few bands in the punk/alternative/grunge realm are as exciting as Castle Black. With each subsequent release- and there are many- these New Yorkers only get more interesting, more unconventional and more dynamic in their approach.” (Take Effect) Their fourth studio EP, the gods that adored you, was released on June 29th, 2018. “The energy embodied within this 5 track, 22 minute EP from Castle Black is a force which will withstand critiques from even the harshest outcry.” (Dear Entitled) Both Dead in a Dream and the gods that adored you include mixes from Mark Plati (known for his work with David Bowie and Prince, among others). “Sierra” (off the gods that adored you) was released as a single 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 in 2017.
Castle Black has played several popular festivals, including Lady Bug, MacRock, Mondo, Northside, FierceFemme, NJ Shore Fest, Elephant Talk 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 were asked back to the 2019 festival, which featured Make Some Noises’s favorite acts from previous years. Castle Black has opened for several notable acts, including Richard Lloyd (of Television), Big D and the Kids Table, POD and War on Women. This relentlessly 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.