Gavin Castleton
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Gavin Castleton


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"Portland Mercury"

To his credit, recent Portland transplant Gavin Castleton has an unique vision for Home, one that (somehow) balances post-breakup suffering with the pure chaos of an attack from reanimated human corpses. Castleton has a tremendous gift for fashioning grand cinematic songs that swell with ambitious prose—"We became a force/with the carnal carnage of our braided legs and our twisting hips"—yet still rest firmly within the parameters of the album's theme. And just a little note to the walking undead: You can eat Castleton's brains, but please leave his heart alone. He's suffered enough. EAC - Portland Mercury

"Filter Magazine"

"Coffeelocks is a uber cute exchange that will more than likely be shared over dozens of cups of coffee throughout the years." - Filter Magazine

"Alternative Press"

Home is a bizarrely intriguing prog-pop album that only works because of Castleton's spectacular voice. If you want to be challenged while still enjoying pop songs, this disc's the way to go - Alternative Press


home.jpgGavin Castleton's new recording is a song cycle based on his last relationship and its demise. The civil way in which the break-up occurred included having his ex write her side of things, which provided an educational yet emotional experience. Today's Top Tune is “Coffeelocks." - KCRW


1998 - Gruvis Malt - Cromagnetic (CD)
1999 - Gruvis Malt - Sound Soldiers (CD)
2000 - Gruvis Malt - Backout Smiling EP (CD)
2001 - Grüvis Malt - 3 Radio hits demo (CD)
2002 - Gruvis Malt - ...With the Spirit of a Traffic Jam 2003 - Vismal - Volume 1: A Correspondence Course in Best Friendship (CDR)
2003 - Sage Francis - Dead Poet Live Album (CD)
2004 - Gruvis Malt - Simon (CD)
2004 - Gavin Castleton - Hypotenuse (CD)
2004 - Gavin Castleton - Dark Age (CD)
2005 - Gavin Castleton / One Drop - FortNightShift EP (CD)
2005 - Sage Francis - Road Tested (CD)
2005 - Gruvis Malt - Maximum Unicorn (CD)
2005 - Vismal - Volume Zero: (CDR)
2006 - - Chase Scenes 1-14 (CDR)
2006 - Gavin Castleton & Cyrus Leddy - Grace Land (CD)
2007 - Gavin Castleton - Hospital Hymns EP (CD)
2007 - Gavin Castleton - A Bullet, A Lever, A Key EP (CD)
2007 - Gavin Castleton - For the Love of Pete (CD)
2008 - One Drop - Of Love and Ambition (Digital Release)
2008 - Ebu Gogo - Worlds (CD)
2008 - Stateless feat. Gavin Castleton - Window 23/The Great White Whale 7" (Vinyl)
2008 - Gavin Castleton - Unparallel Rabbits / Since 1968 Overclock Orchestra Remix" (mp3)
2009 - Gavin Castleton - Coffeelocks / Shell produced by Zach Lipkins" (mp3)
2009 - Gavin Castleton - Home (CD)



Gavin Castleton has been releasing albums independently since 1995, with several bands including Gruvis Malt, , and One Drop. He has produced a handful of records by other artists, made numerous guest appearances on records both foreign and domestic (he recently debuted in the UK with his collaboration with IK7 recording artist Stateless, the 7" inch �Window 23/Great White Whale�), and tinkered with various remixes (most recently, Myspace recording artist Meiko). He's won Best Electronica/DJ Act three years in a row in the Providence Phoenix, where he lived until this year when he moved to , OR.

From 2006 to 2007, Gavin Castleton released 4 unique solo recordings:

Grace Land: this full-length record features the first-person narrative of a very eccentric 32-year old Staple worker who is obsessed with Seinfeld, workplace minutia, and the confusing sexual policies of the girl he claims to be dating. The record was featured on NPR's Open Mic program.

Hospital Hymns: a five song narrative chronicling of a 76 year-old hospital stock room worker with a penchant for eccentric spirituality that makes his co-workers uncomfortable. "Hymn 2: Women's Care in E Flat Major" won Best Song in the Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll in 2007.

A Bullet, A Lever, A Key: this seven song EP tells the story of his Gavin Castleton's future � from his presumed suicide in a RI hotel room in 2054 to present day 2007, in the backroom of a club just before he goes on stage. It is a reverse tragedy of sorts with a motivational message; think Momento meets The Fountainhead.

For the Love of Pete: a full length album of love songs. Though originally given to his girlfriend alone at various benchmarks of their time together, these 12 songs have been excavated to deliver an honest, warm and palpable cross section of the 6-year relationship. For the Love of Pete (with an additional import b-side "Scared Scared Scared") was released in Japan in November, 2009.

In early 2009, Five One Inc. released Gavin's most important record to date:

Home: this massive 14-song record is the breakup and the long process of recovering from it. Through the lense of a zombie epidemic, the listener is given a frighteningly intimate and beautiful look at how Gavin Castleton dealt with the heartbreak, complete with car chases, helicopters, and singing ladybugs.

He has performed at SXSW this year, and toured both coasts to support the release of Home. "Coffeelocks," a single from Home, has enjoyed constant airplay on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. Castleton also performed live on MBE.
Gavin just completed a 60 market tour of the US with his trio, two weeks of which were as support for Taking Back Sunday, Anberlin, and Fun.