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Your New Favourite Band: The Castillians


The Castillians are your new favourite band. You know how we know? Because they are ours.

The Brum band are a desperately debauched slice of ramshackle riffs and bloodcurdling honest sentiment, it permeates everything they do and creates an aura which says ‘Fuck auras, let’s get down to business’.

They describe themselves via Facebook with “Pop when pop didn’t offend the senses. Stupid and ridiculous dancing. Smooching in the corner”. That is pretty much all you need to know about this band. They are honest and entirely unabashed about their 60’s styled pop sensibilities and the enitrely modern lack of sensible ways to promote them.

Having always had tiny runs of CD-Rs and spent a lot of their time gate-crashing house parties to play their music the band are finally having their debut LP Show Your Teeth released via PNKSLM Recordings, and we for one couldn’t be happier.

‘I’ll Be Your Man’ is the perfect summation of all of these traits, it rings around the first chords with childhood sweetness lavishing everything in a sticky, sugary pop. The bubblegum inflates and inflates like the love between two adolescents until it pops with a distorted fuzz and rhythm which hints at The Strokes and The Velvet Underground but without the pretense.

They still reek of the New York streets though, with a touch of disco added to their obvious rock and roll to make this track, and the others in their collection, worth breaking out those moves for, just for a shot to roll the dice at the club.

The Castillians stand for everything that pop music used to be. Simple in its effectiveness, honest and pure, without contrite aspirations and entirely worth fucking up your brand new shoes up for. After all, you might get lucky.