Boonton, New Jersey (August 5, 2018) – When Splice learned that Castle Black, an indie band from Brooklyn routinely compared to L7, Bikini Kill, and Hole was playing Boontunes we knew we had to be there! If you are a fan of grunge or post-punk we are sure you appreciate that these bands are first-class in the genre. Consequently, expectations were high – after all those are big Docs to fill. We’re happy to report that the comparisons are well founded; Castle Black delivered a powerful performance. The intimate venue on Main Street in Boonton, NJ proved to be the perfect setting for an introduction to the band’s sonic assault. And we mean that in the best way possible, this band rocks. Hard.
The small space meant there was no distance between fans and the band, just pure unadulterated musical angst and exuberance. Looking back, it’s difficult to fathom that so much sound came out of the 3-member band which includes Leigh Celent on lead vocals and guitar and Susan Potoroka on bass, while Patric Valentine filled in on the skins for drummer Matthew Bronner.
The band performed some cuts off their fourth studio release, the gods that adored you, (available on Spotify, iTunes, and Bandcamp) which blends some heavy hitting riffs coupled with Celent’s rousing vocals. The result is an enjoyable mash-up of socially conscious anthems, delirious noise rock infused fervor, and riot grrrl fortitude. The band is currently touring the East Coast and Midwest in support of the release. Check them out now while they climb to the top of the scene and earn some serious street cred. When friends ask how you got so in-the-know, tell them Splice Magazine sent you.