Castle Pines (Indie Rock) - Corona, California
Castle Pines out of Corona, CA has made its mark on the Inland Empire with their E.P. Bless This House, 2012, and their first full length album, Summer Blood, which dropped June 2014. This alternative indie rock band has been described as “an ensemble of four hip guys serving up an easy-to-listen-to sound with a fresh attitude,” by the Inland Empire Weekly and “A fresh new burst of energy into the Corona music scene,” by the Inner Circle Corona. Band members Jesse Briseno, bass; Leandro Barrientos, vocals/rhythm guitar; Nick Barrientos, lead guitar; and Sterling Fairfield, drums; deliver sounds that mimic the Pixies rawness mixed with a use of melodic motifs that bring chills and chants to their live audience shows. Influence by current bands like Delta Spirit, Arcade Fire and Dawes makes them a stand out performance among the local music scene. “[Our music is] honest and raw; we’re not trying to put up a front,” said lead vocalist Leandro Barrientos. “We all grew up in a time when music was valued more so for its integrity rather than how many records it sold and we reflect that same attitude with the amount of passion we put into creating our songs.”
After launching with their 2012 E.P, Bless This House along with a series of local shows filled with crowd-rousing songs like “I saw you on the radio” Castle Pines has become a staple in Corona including landing a spot as resident band at Rockefellas Bar. Being inspired by many local and mainstream artists that played at the Showcase Theatre, their hometown venue known all around the country for its unheard of crowd energy, until it’s unfortunate close in 2008, Castle Pines aims to bring that passion back to their hometown. They’ve attempted this the only way they know how: by writing and performing music that creates a lasting impression on the crowd and leaves them wanting more. Despite their immense hometown pride, having being named after the street in Corona on which the band’s first songs were created, the band holds aspirations of reaching into further into the desert of the Inland Empire to make the bill at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
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"Summer Blood" Album Review:
Castle Pines have been around the California music scene for a few years now and with an explosive stage show that has built up their reputation, they're still hungry for that next new fan by way of their most recent offering. This album was released last year and will still garner new fans from the indie rock scene. "Derailed" opens things up with a catchy indie rock track that really pulsates tremendous energy and melody. The sound on the track sounds akin to Kings Of Leon. "Plastic Sky" takes the listener on a journey of a moody sound. The song draws comparisons to Arcade Fire but really stand out with its harsh emotion that boils over at times within. "Palm Springs" is a track that really is a nice driving on the highway in the summer track. It's bright, bold and an uplifting track. The track is comparable to Modest Mouse. "The Jetty" is a tad slower of a track and really explores the atmospheric side of the band. It still has a groovy melodic chorus and really adds layers of depth to the track. "Black Star Canyon" is an instrumental and it really is a good interlude to listen to. The track demonstrates awesome guitar work and makes for a nice break on the album. "Wretched Life" is a chaotic of a rock song. The song really takes things to a new level and it really stands out. "Summer Blood" is a track that will bring to mind the 90's funky summer rock. The Modest Mouse influence is once again on the track but the band still makes the track their own and it really is something to hear. "Anyway" is a love letter to their state of California. It's a rock heavy track as it would surely make the classic California bands admire what they hear. "1996" closes things out with an outstanding closer. It's a single worthy of a track and is a great way to end the album.
Castle Pines have the goods here that will bring the indie rock fans in droves. Indie rock hasn't heard something this fresh in quite some time.
"Wretched Life" Music Video: