band of the moment: castledoor

i first heard about castledoor last summer when they were playing alot with earlimart. castledoor is from the los angeles area, and most of their shows have been concentrated within california. however, they were at sxsw last year and are here again this sweek.

i’ve been meaning to write this post for a long time. almost a year, i guess. i’m finally doing it because: obviously, their music is oustanding, and also, after 2 ep’s, they’re releasing a full-length album at the end of april, and i wanted to get my 2 cents in before they get big and my opinion becomes irrelevant. (ha, how’s that for narcissism?)

castledoor is a 6 person band, including 2 married couples. in the picture, the 2 girls are wives to the 2 guys on the left. i’m not sure how to describe their sound. here’s a list of bands that i was reminded of while listening to them:

  1. mates of state: the organ/synth/keys plus the feel-good melodies
  2. the polyphonic spree: haunted, eerie choir vibe
  3. the format: the lead singer’s voice is uniquely piercing like nate ruess’ (this is not a bad thing)
  4. lovedrug: with a folksy, indie kick, of course
  5. the magic numbers: wow, this list is getting long
  6. remember that band i profiled a few weeks ago, his orchestra? well, they remind me of castledoor.

here’s a song off of their most recent ep, ’til we sink. oh yeah, i need to mention that you CANNOT stop listening to a castledoor a minute, or even halfway through. you have to see their songs as a body of work. (sorry, i can’t escape the bubble team lingo. see: arizona/st.mary’s/creighton/etc.) they go through these different phases within a single track. perhaps movement is a more musical term. believe me, please.

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~ by CJL on March 18, 2009.

One Response to “band of the moment: castledoor”

  1. So was it the “80s night” get up or his actual face that made you think this guy looks like Nate? You know, the other Nate.

    Also, I’ll gladly take the narcissism because I think people should get credit for new discoveries. But “body of work”? Really?

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