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Castledoor: A Photo Retrospective

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Castledoor @ USC Fisher Museum Of Art, 11/7/08

Local indie band (and LAist favorite) Castledoor tweeted yesterday that "No easy way to say this... tomorrow at Spaceland will be the last show for Castledoor as we know it. Spread the word." Once branded in 2008 by Buzz Bands' Kevin Bronson as a "Band to Watch" alongside The Airborne Toxic Event and The Deadly Syndrome, the band self-released a full-length album last year (Shouting at Mountains) and two EPs (Follow the Dove in 2006 and 'Til We Sink in 2008).

"it feels completely insane to write that after 5 years of blood, sweat, tears, and some of the best times of our lives... the Castledoor chapter as we know it is coming to a close," elaborated frontman Nate Cole. "i always thought we would be the band that would survive anything. most of us were actually feeling optimistic about things lately. we recently finished recording some our most exciting songs with plans for a photo shoot, video shoot and press. the slow progression of our band as a career only made us want to work harder. regardless of the frustrations we had we always valued the fundamental joy of playing music with each other. sadly, Gabe announced to us this week that he was ready to move on from Castledoor. we're really bummed but we wish Gabe and Coury all the happiness in the world. soon we hope to make the recent recordings (Flashlight EP) available on all digital music stores, including iTunes. we're sincerely grateful to all of you who have shown your support. from the bottom of our hearts: THANK YOU! Joel, Brando, Liska & I plan to continue making music together. although we're filled with all sorts of emotions, there is an overwhelming sense that the best is yet to come."

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With a third EP (Flashlight) set for release in 2010, Castledoor as a band may not be in existence much longer. But with recent converts like Joe Jonas tweeting his enjoyment of their song "Dumpster Diving", it's a safe bet their music will continue to be heard by newfound and longtime fans years from now.

Castledoor's last show is tonight at Spaceland with the Los Angeles New Music Ensemble as part of Princeton's month-long Monday night residency. It's also presented by LAist. FREE. 21+