Heavy, bass led, noise-rock trio Castrovalva will reform in 2021 to perform at ArcTanGent festival, their first show since disbanding in 2014.
Formed in 2008 by friends Daniel Brader (drums) & Anthony Wright (bass). Castrovalva originally started out as an improvised sound manipulation project, but morphed into a band that most people struggled to pigeon hole, following the permanent addition of vocalist Leemun Smith.
As a three piece, the band created something that on the outside appeared out of step. A runaway train ride of heavy drum and bass led noise rock, seasoned with a layer of 8 bit synth lines and loops, coupled with hip-hop imagery – all complimented by Leemun Smith’s vocal gymnastics.
The band released two full length albums on the defunct Leeds label Brew records picking them up praise across the board from the likes of NME, Kerrang, Rock Sound, Terrorizer, Loud and Quiet, Drowned in Sound, DIY Magazine and The Quietus. The latter referring to their music as a, ‘destructive whirlpool of gleeful sonic mess’.
Their off kilter live performances led to Castrovalva sharing stages with the likes of The Bronx, Pulled Apart By Horses, Kong, Melt Banana, Health, An Albatross, Monotonix and Nine Black Alps as well as confusing crowds at Live at Leeds, Offset Festival, Leeds & Reading as well as the first ever ArcTanGent in 2013.
2020 saw the first signs of a potential Castrovalva reunion with the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to reissue their debut album ‘We Are A Unit’ on vinyl to coincide with its 10 year anniversary. After hitting their target in a matter of weeks the band looked at taking the next step in getting back together and they will return for their first live performance at ArcTanGent in 2021.