Recorded, mixed and mastered at House Arrest Recording Co. in Madison, WI by Brian Nolan (American Hi-Fi). Album art by John Praw.
All songs arranged by Pushmi-Pullyu. Lyrics on Bleak Midwinter by Christina Rosesetti, sometime before 1872. Lyrics on Past by John Galsworthy, sometime before 1933. Howl III written by Cassidy J. David-Weber, sometime before 2010. All other lyrics by John Praw.
I met the boys in Milwaukee’s Temple a number of years ago, back when they were playing under the name Arto. Over the course of a summer, they became good friends of mine. In the time since, we’ve released a number of their related projects (mam105, mam 174, mam181 and mam212 among others), and Myles even joined my band Pushmi-Pullyu for a while.
Today, after a LONGwait, Temple has finally released their first full-length album under this name. It’s heavy, noisy post-hardcore that oozes with the emotion all four members throw into everything they make. Check it out in digital form on their bandcamp page. My favorite tunes are Football on Stage and Smooth Sculpture, and I can’t wait for the physical release that’s coming soon.
After scrapping plans for albums and EPs on more than one occasion, Castles has finally returned to Mine All Mine Records. Instead of complex Nintendo-infused pop songs, Castles brings us “Cancer”, a collection of four lo-fi folk-rock songs in a simpler vein, reminiscent of the work we originally grew to love when his first album was released. This is the final Castles EP.
Editor’s Note: It is a sad day to see Castles go, but weep not! We are proud to announce that Cassidy J. David-Weber, the man behind Castles, is well into work on a new album under the moniker Dead Dog, and he sounds better than ever. Next week, look for Dead Dog’s first single, “Florida Refuse.”
Today, we are very proud to bring you Castles new full-length album, Howl IV. After a year and a half, we finally have this wonderfully crafted album in our hands, and everything is bigger and better than ever. Eleven solid tracks of experimental folk, ranging from minimalist to almost-black-metal-at-times, Howl IV gives you another long-awaited glimpse into the world of Castles.
Along with Howl IV (released in cooperation with the Bread King Collective) comes a very special three-track mam!records exclusive EP, Black Hole or No Black Hole.
Due to technical issues (John’s mom has crappy internet), these releases are currently only available in mp3, but they’ll be up in all other formats as soon as possible.