There Are No Secets Here by Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen

Philly-based singer-songwriter Mighty Joe Castro would fit right in at the Twin Peaks roadhouse. His retro-rock stylings channel the uneasy underbelly of 1950s American life; think equal parts film noir and Chris Isaak’s “Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing,” a vibe that perfectly coalesces in his new music video for “There Are No Secrets Here.” John Vettese, WXPN’s The Key.

We are pleased to announce the release of our brand new single, There Are No Secrets Here. It is the first song from our upcoming debut album, Come On Angels, which will drop July 31 and is available for streaming on all platforms. The song was recorded at Miner St Recordings in Philadelphia and produced by Brian McTear.

Music video

Thank you to WXPN’s The KEY for premiering our latest music video. You can read the write up here.

Conceived and directed by Mighty Joe Castro, the video contains vintage footage from two public domain films, Dementia” (aka “Daughter From Hell – 1958, directed by John Parker and starring actress Adrienne Barrett) and Carnival of Souls (1962 – directed by Herk Harvey).

About the video, Joe Castro said:

“This was filmed during the COVID19 quarantine. I went total DIY and shot the performance footage myself one night at my house with an iPhone and three flashlights, using old mic stands as tripods/light stands. I even gave myself a haircut the night before. I love old B-movies, so I incorporated scenes from two vintage films – Dementia (aka Daughter From Hell – 1958) and Carnival of Souls (1962) – both are public domain. Due to social distancing, I couldn’t film or get footage from the band (our drummer doesn’t have a cell phone or camera) so I came up with the idea of using still photos in old magazine articles. I really prefer working with limitations. It keeps you focused and forces you to get creative, where an unlimited amount of options can be a hard river to cross. I hope you dig it.”

Stay tuned for more single releases in the coming weeks. And to keep up to date, please follow Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen on spotify, instagram, facebook and youtube.

Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen "Come On Angels" album cover

“Come On Angels” we chanted and, in the end, we got lucky. After spending the winter months recording our new album, trying our best to ignore the pandemic slowly blossoming over our shoulders, we strolled out of Miner St Recording, final mixes in hand, two days before the quarantine was declared.

So we are pleased to announce that we will be releasing our debut record Come On Angels! on July 31st on vinyl, CD and all streaming platforms.

The 10 new tracks were recorded at Miner St Recording in Philadelphia, PA and produced by Brian McTear (Sharon Van Etten, Dr. Dog, War on Drugs, Dead Milkmen). The band is really proud of this record and we can’t wait for you to hear it.

The track listing for the album:

  1. There Are No Secrets Here
  2. Come On Angels!
  3. Cold and Bitter Tears
  4. Whispering Hell (The Finish Line)
  5. For Every Setting Sun
  6. June (90 Degrees)
  7. Why Not Just Give In This Time
  8. Better Hold Tight
  9. Angeline
  10. You’ve Got It All (So What Are You Looking For?)

We’ll be dropping singles from the album over the coming weeks so please do us a solid and follow the band on Spotify.

And to keep up to date, please follow Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen on instagram, facebook and youtube.

Album cover and illustration by Joe Castro

Crazy times for sure and we wish everyone out there the best. Stay safe and stay home! We hope to see you all on the road as soon as possible.

Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen at Miner St Recording Philadelphia

Happy New Year friends. Thanks for all your support this past year. 2020 is ours for the taking so let’s make things happen.

The band has just started working on our debut full length album at Miner St. Recording in Philadelphia. It will be produced by Brian McTear (Sharon Van Etten, Dr. Dog, War on Drugs, Dead Milkmen). If all goes well, the 10 song record should be released this summer on vinyl, CD and all streaming platforms. Stay tuned for more information, including new music videos.

To keep up to date, please follow Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen on instagram, facebook and youtube.

Hope to see you all on the road sometime soon.

Cheers,

joe castro

Rockabillaque rockabilly festival in Charleston Sc with Mighty Joe Castro and theGravamen

We are happy to announce that Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen will be performing at the 7th Annual Rockabillaque Festival . More info below:

Announcing the 7th Annual Rockabillaque on Saturday, November 9, 2019. This free to attend, action-packed day of Classic Cars, Vintage Bikes, Live Music, Pin-Up’s, Tattoo’s, Cocktails, Brews, Contests, Block Party and more has become the biggest event of its kind in the Carolina’s!

This year brings an epic Classic Car & Vintage Bike Show (over 300 Cars & Bikes (expanded for more vehicles), Even more Live Music with over 35 national, regional and international bands, over Six Outdoor Music Stages, Contests including Pin-Up, Beard & Mustache, Mr. Man, Tattoo, Doggie & Me and more, an Expanded Schedule including more event the week of and a Headliners Showcase on Sunday, November 10th, a bigger Merchant Market with more Vendors than ever before, a Kid’s Section with activities, contests and performers, a Beer Pairing Garden! Plus more to be announced in next couple of months!

Bands announced so far for Rockabillaque 2019 include …
Screamin’ Rebel Angels
Little Lesley & The Bloodshots
The Swayzees
The Tan and Sober Gentlemen
The Tomb Tones
Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones
The Royal Hounds
The Hi-Jivers
Sean K. Preston Music& The Loaded Pistols
Jesse Ray Carter Band
Mighty Joe Castro & the Gravamen
LONE WOLF (one man band)
Jason Moss and The Hosses
Brady and the Bazookas
Jared Petteys and the Headliners.
More to be announced soon!

Presented by Southern Roots Park Circle and Vive Le Rock Productions. The event is a benefit for Valiant: Animal Rescue + Relief with support from a local pin-up organization.

The bands of Rockabillaque 2019

Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen with Squirrel Nut Zippers Ardmore Music Hall

We are excited to announce Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen will be opening for the Squirrel Nut Zippers at the Ardmore Music Hall on Thursday, April 25. Tickets are $25 in advance and are available here. Get yours now before it sells out!

Doors at the Ardmore Music Hall open at 7:30pm. The Gravamen hit the stage at 8:00 PM sharp.

The Squirrel Nut Zippers began their musical journey in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in the mid 1990’s, as a musician’s escape from the cookie cutter world of modern rock radio at the time. Jimbo Mathus along with drummer/percussionist Chris Phillips formed the band as a casual musical foray among friends and family in the area. It wasn’t long before the band’s quirky mix of Jazz chords, Folk music, and Punk Rock leanings spread out of the region and attracted a national audience.

Between 1995-2000 the Squirrel Nut Zippers sold over three million albums. Their watershed album, Hot (1996) was recorded in the heat of New Orleans, fueled by a smoldering mix of booze and a youthful hunger to unlock the secrets of old world jazz. This passion mixed with Klezmer, Blues, Americana and random bits of contemporary music became the bands signature style. At the time, there were few other bands inhabiting this space. The album would eventually break free of any “jazz” stereotypes and land on commercial radio, taking the band to remarkable heights for what was essentially an anti-establishment sound.

Years later and through chronicles of every kind, the band has emerged from a lengthy recording hiatus, reinvigorated, reinvested, and rejuvenated. “It’s not a reunion, it’s a revival” has been the battle cry for Mathus since reforming the group in 2016. With an all star cast of New Orleans musicians, the band breathed new life in to the old material, and inspired Mathus to return to the studio to reignite the band’s unique, enigmatic sound.

The result, is the first Squirrel Nut Zippers studio album in eighteen years titled Beasts of Burgundy. A return to form, the album embraces the city that first inspired the group. Enlisting Mike Napolitano — who recorded all the bands previous albums — was a magical first step in the process. “Nappys Dugout,” located in the Marigny, resembled the original style and feel of Kingsway, the now gone studio where the Zippers recorded much of their catalog. The Dugout, located in the home of Mike Napolitano and Ani DiFranco, created the perfect environment to inspire the original feeling that so excited Mathus at the very beginning of the Zippers long career.

Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen at the Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival

Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen will be making their Lancaster, PA debut as part of the Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival.

They will be performing at the Chameleon Club Lounge. Also performing at the venue will be Steel Radiance, Corty Byron and Leo DiSanto. Music begins at 6:00 pm. The Gravamen hit the stage around 10:30 PM. This event is 21 and over. Tickets can be purchased here. We hope to see you there.

And if you don’t already, please follow The Gravamen on Instagram, facebook and Spotify.

About the Festival…

Lancaster Roots and Blues is a three-day music and arts festival in downtown Lancaster Pennsylvania on February 22, 23 and 24, 2019. The 2019 festival will be the 6th year for the festival.

Lancaster Roots and Blues features a combination of musical artists representing a wide array of genres including Blues, Celtic, Bluegrass, Americana, Rock n’ Roll, Jazz, Funk and Soul, Reggae and so much more on multiple stages at a variety of great venues, all within a walking distance of each other. New for 2019 we will see the inclusion of the rich and dynamic arts scene in the city. The Roots and Blues Fest is always a super fun time and a true music lover’s paradise and now there will be even more to see and do while visiting the festival.

This year’s lineup includes The Nighthawks, Hubby Jenkins, Thornetta Davis, Greg Piccolo, Brandon “Taz” Neiderauer and more.

Mixabilly rockabilly podcast with Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen

We were stoked to catch a ride on Mixabilly ‘s excellent rockabilly / psychobilly podcast. He took our lastest single, Wake up, You’re Rockin’! for a little spin. Lots of great bands and songs on there so we were well honored to be included. Mixabilly Episode 395 is now live so click below to listen. And be sure to crank up the volume. Rave on children, I’m with you.

And just a reminder, you can still pick up a copy of our debut single on 7 inches of glorious vinyl for just 8 dollars American. Get it here or at one of our upcoming shows.