NYC’s Castle Black have a lot more going for them than just a great band name and clever EP titles; the trio seamlessly blend ’80s punk with the heyday of grunge across powerful tunes that roar with a gritty melody. Anthemic, emotive and never short on vocal harmonies, this release is the first to include synthesizers for the outfit and it yields great results alongside giant guitar riffs. While the early part of the listen channels a less manic version of Babes In Toyland, by mid EP we’re closer to post-punk (think Slant 6-ish), before the hypnotic, dynamic rock of the closing tunes. Imagine if Bikini Kill were on Sub Pop records in 1993 and you’ll understand how 4 songs is just not enough here.

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