Thursday, January 29, 2009

Bands To Care About: Castledoor

Bands to Care About: Castledoor

A band that rarely escapes from their West Californian Coast home, Castledoor have been making beautiful indie-pop since 2005. Formed out of the remains of boy band (a religious boy band at that) Plus One, Nate Colmes and Gabe Combs went out to create a better band. Unsurprisingly, expectations for the band were low at best. Surprisingly, however, they wound up creating something great. Consider this the indie equivalent to when Justin Timberlake went solo. Thankfully, the new stuff doesn’t make you gag as much as the old stuff did.

Since 2005, there have been two releases by the six piece band, the eight song Follow the Dove EP on July 25th, 2006 and the ‘Til We Sink 7 inch vinyl on July 29th, 2008. Follow the Dove is one of the best debuts of a band in a long time. Nate’s time spent in that boy band actually payed off for something because his vocals are great. Keyboards are front and central ( in a good way) on this album and the whole album has a nice "escaping" lyrical theme. It ends with "Remember When" an acoustic song that doesn’t come off as a cheesy ending.

The ‘Til We Sink 7 inch continues were Follow the Dove ended, but with a few twists here and there. While it’s still indie-pop at its best, new influences have begun to creep in along with a slightly more depressing theme. "Nightlight" is a great example of this, a haunting number that fits perfectly with the band.

Now in the studio, hopefully we can get that full-length album we have been waiting for, for so long. And please let it come with a long tour.
Side Note: Besides the two official releases, Castledoor has put out a non-album few songs and videos. I suggest you look for them as well.


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Hello and Welcome Everybody!

Hello everybody and welcome to my new blog. If you don’t know already my last blog was destroyed when the service site I was using suddenly went away. Unfortunately for me I had not saved my posts. So see this new blog as a starting over of such.
For those who are unfamiliar with my work, I plan to write about music. I will not lie, this is and will be a indie-centered blog and do not be surprised to see one or two rants about mainstream music. However, the point of this blog is promote great music, indie or not. I will also promote forgotten music, and books and movies on music.
I’m always looking for suggestions (bands to check out, mistakes I’ve posted etc.) so if you have any, please email them me at
Also, this will also be a MP3 based blog, so if any record labels or bands want me to remove a song, just email me a also and I will take it down as quickly as I can.