CaStLeS’ music swirls somewhere between Os Mutantes, Ennio Morricone and the misty mountains of Snowdonia, a delightfully hypnotic voodoo groove with reverb soaked melodies.
Brothers Dion and Cynyr Hamer formed the band back in 2008 following many musical project manifestations as a duo, they were later joined by former Derwyddon Dr Gonzo bassist Calvin Thomas. Based in Snowdonia, the band took a brief hiatus in 2011 whilst Cynyr and Dion were touring Europe and America with Welsh rock band We Are Animal. New material was written during this time, and the band released debut EP PartDepart at the tail end of 2015.
In 2016, the band earned their debut performance slot on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading & Leeds Festival, and also found success playing shows as part of the Horizons 12 scheme; which included a recording session at the historic Maida Vale Studios in London.
CaStLeS released their debut album, Fforesteering in November 2016. By December, The Guardian crowned CaStLeS their 'New Band of the Week'.
"Do yourself a favour and find a peaceful spot to listen and discover this new band. It won’t be long until the Eryri landscape unravels before you."
Band Of The Week - GIGWISE
" ...the end product never ceases to enchant and surprise – which is all you can ask, really. It is simultaneously gentle and powerful."
'New Band Of The Week' - THE GUARDIAN
"‘Foresteering’ is already a firm contender for single of the year, it is a piece of pop genius."
A MUSICAL PRIORITY
"Welsh psych rockers CaStLeS appeared at 2pm - and blew away all expectations."
BBC Introducing in West Yorkshire, Leeds Festival
"'PartDepart', a song of hypnotic layers, beautiful
sounds and a real sense of space that is sadly lacking in so much modern music."
LISTEN WITH MONGER
"Welsh troupe try out acid-damaged psych on their lo-fi debut"
UNCUT Magazine, April 2017
"They embrace influences from Super Fury Animals, Django Django and the
Beach Boys to name but a few. In doing so, CaStLeS create an engrossing
swirling infusion of psychedelic rock, blues and mildly dancey
grooves. Title track ‘PartDepart’, with its bubbling hypnotic layers,
beautiful sounds, synth loops, enticing guitar riffs and
seductive rhythmic groove, is essentially CaStLeS raison d’etre"