By Kieran Webber
Birthed out of Birmingham in 2010 The Castillians made their mark on the underground scene by playing decadent warehouse parties and in 2011 they released their debut album ‘Show Your Teeth’ which was received positively by many.
Years later we finally have the follow up ‘You & Me’ which takes a slightly more soulful direction than ‘Show Your Teeth’ , but keeps up with the energy and hooks. Plus with Lucern Raze and Black Mekon producing it together, it’s still kept some of the original dirtiness.
The album opens with ‘Hang Me Out’ a funky, groove driven song that borderlines mechanical in its rhythm partnered with soulful screeches. Album title track ‘You & Me’ is an example of their talent for writing catchy garage rock that is as pleasurable as it is addictive.
‘Bad Boy’ is an explosive track that ignites through a pushing, heavy bassline driven by Smyth’s punchy vocals. The slow galvanised ‘Come What May’ brings forward the bands diversity and showcases their ability to not only create songs that with have your hips shaking but also the ability to slow things down and have you swaying, particularly with this soulful 50’s throwback number.
‘Piggy In The Middle’ takes you quickly out of the relaxed state that ‘Come What May’ leaves you in dragging you through a whirlpool of attitude and raw emotion suspended by the fast paced percussion and foot tapping guitar.
Closing song ‘I’ll Come Running’ acts as the perfect finisher to an epic ride taking you through the exit gates at a steady and slow pace, giving you a moment to reflect on the previous escapade.
‘You & Me’ is one of the strongest and most addictive garage rock albums to come out out in the past decade, it contains everything that is great and pure with the genre, from the slow swaying tracks to the fuzzed out groove assaults. A relentless and ambitious album that doesn’t quit and shows that this is but the beginning of something very special, The Castillians are here and are marching towards the gates to take the throne as kings of garage rock.