BEATROUTE BC E-EDITION

British Columbia

Recent
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers w/ The Lumineers Live at Rogers Arena

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers w/ The Lumineers Live at Rogers Arena

By Jennie Orton Rogers Arena August 17, 2017 Apologies to the always lovely Lumineers, who began their opening set with…

, , ,
Ad

Beatroute BC on Instagram

  • The Vancouver Queer Film Festival begins today and artistic directorshellip
  • Theyre baaaack! Tim  Eric tonight at the Orpheum Theatrehellip
  • timhortonsicedcapp and stayaliveswami are out here covering the 20th anniversaryhellip
  • Thanks to everyone who came out to our contributor meetinghellip
  • The true creativity at shambhalamf is the totems What willhellip
  • What better way to end your West Coast summer thanhellip
  • Tonight! BeatRoute is hosting one of Edmontons finest exports Altamedahellip
  • Mount Eerie brings his hauntingly devastating and equally beautiful songshellip
  • Cousin Arby Vancouvers only country act that matters live righthellip
Ad
Ad
Ad

Rock ‘n’ doom gypsies Castle relish their Canadian/American roots

Monday 20th, October 2014 / 13:49
By Sarah Kitteringham

CastleCALGARY — Castle’s core lives an enviable gypsy lifestyle. American-born bassist and vocalist Elizabeth Blackwell and her Canadian husband and guitarist Mat Davis have spent the last several years crisscrossing the upper part of North America. The core of the impressively DIY project (which is currently rounded out by drummer Kyle LeCourt from Toronto), spent 2014 living in Toronto, then Laurel Canyon, and eventually migrated back to San Francisco, and will leave early from home for their cross-Canada excursion with Toronto favourites Cauldron. This way, they can station themselves once more in the land of the maple leaf, see some friends and family, and prepare before playing 22 dates across nine provinces.

“It’s a total gypsy lifestyle,” begins Blackwell, who began playing the bass at age 13, inspired by her music-loving guitarist/vocalist parents who’ve both been in a “psychedelic blues band since 1972” that currently goes by the name of The Blackwell Brothers. Her dad was also a radio disc jockey, and those decades of ‘70s music loving have clearly seeped into the marrow of her bones. Although she’s also a huge fan of many current extreme metal bands (she cites At the Gates, Darkthrone, Ludicra, Toxic Holocaust and Dissection as favourites), Castle is a power trio that delivers old-school doom with ample classic metal additions, anchored by Blackwell’s sombre, yet powerful croons. Varied and powerful, the band often becomes trance-like, thanks to hypnotic rhythms and clean, sparkling percussion. Created in 2009, they’ve released three full-lengths, including May’s driving Under Siege via Ván Records and Prosthetic.

“Our music is heavy and it has dark elements. It’s soul expression and the songs go places, either elevating or doom-based. The doom and gloom is very evident,” describes Blackwell, who co-writes lyrics and music with Davis. She concludes, “Traditional doom, the vintage stuff, is what Castle was born out of.”

Watch Castle at the Palomino with Cauldron on October 29th.

, , ,

AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE:

BeatRoute.ca is a member of Apple Music's Affiliate Program. This site collects commissions on purchases that our site's readers decide to make from Apple Music/iTunes affiliate embeds and hyperlinks provided in our posts.

Search

BEATROUTE AB E-EDITION

Beatroute AB on Instagram

  • Off to a slightly late start here at local510 buthellip
  • Did you catch oneloveyyc this past Friday? Heres a shothellip
  • We had a great time at the flipmusicfest kickoff lasthellip
  • Our own jedmund went to down to Happy Valley tohellip
  • Check out our August 2017 cover featuring Too Many Zoozhellip
  • Quick yass for Aiwass Were living our better than besthellip
  • Did you get to see Sam Weber when he camehellip
  • Slut Prophet are ringing in a birthday in style herehellip
  • Lets go!
Ad
Ad