“I’ve started paying closer attention to the so-called Twittersphere recently. I’m not usually connected to it, but we were recently between social media gurus here at ovrld and I was manning the Twitter feed for a while. People give it a lot of shit for being a forum for people to express the mundanity of their daily lives, but there is a lot of cool, helpful information on there. For example, I saw two different people (at least one of them was Quiet Company) tweet about this new Austin band who was dropping an EP last week, and I decided to check it out. From the opening drum rolls, I was totally hooked. I’ve probably played Moving Castles’ debut EP at least a dozen times by now – at first on their bandcamp site and then finally on my iTunes.”
“Who doesn’t love a scrappy, DIY band who busts their ass to make a record all by themselves? If you answered “Surely not I,” then you’re in for a snarky, sweet treat with Twin Daggers EP by Austin-based Moving Castles. While it undoubtedly look took plenty of energy to write, record, produce and release, somehow Moving Castles still managed to infuse it with powerful adrenaline, thoughtful craftsmanship and art-pop stylings.”
“Moving Castles‘ frontman John Eric wanted their DIY debut to sound like “a band playing in a room together with a lot of energy,” and does it ever. The pop punk force of Twin Daggers is unwavering, as infectious lyrics with instrumental kicks make for one memorable EP. Already having gained a solid fan base in their hometown of Austin, Moving Castles are poised for national appeal with five tracks thick with high energy and excitement. Recorded on their own without help from an outside producer, the moments of imperfection were left intact, fitting perfectly with the spirit of Twin Daggers. A strong kick start comes in the way of opener “Black Dress”. Animated rings of guitar begin as energetic drums are slowly uncovered, keeping a rapid pace and upbeat nature that’s a welcome addition given the subject of the single, one-night stands. “Sick Girls” carries an early We Are Scientists vibe with clips of buzzed-out guitar and vigorous percussion.”
“Musicians have all sorts of reasons for getting in the studio and up on stage, be it cash, fame, women, or what-have-you. A band from Austin, TX named Moving Castles pound out their pop-laced tunes for a bit of catharsis, both artistically and personally. Self-described as “a case study in neurosis,” this DIY quintet has recently broken from their “inward facing and distant” introversion to self-produce and release their smart and earnest debut EP, Twin Daggers. On “Heroin”, there’s a blend of Beach Boys-inspired pop vibes with the essence of pop-punk and art-pop bands frontman/songwriter John Eric grew up on. Channeling his own social awkwardness, Eric wears his quirkiness right on his sleeves with lines like “Your professional life does nothing for your nervousness / when you see a specimen at the bars that you wanna kiss” and the chorus refrain of “And every time I see you / you try to sell me heroin.” Honest with a touch of biting, the song is available on t”
"Moving Castles. Fast, energetic indie pop. Catchy as hell too! They say “”We are not trying to revolutionize anything. We just want to make music that makes us happy and we hope that you will find it intriguing and enjoyable.” And that’s it. It’s just straight up. Puts a smile on your face. Bop your head a bit. Write short sentences."
"Even a “snobby, indie dork” (*my wife’s words, not mine) like myself can get into some catchy indie-pop now and again. Hell, since The Long Blondes split, I have really felt the void in the “fun, danceable rock” category. Tyler, Texas-based Moving Castles borrow liberally from the Beach Boys and while maintaining a sound that’s refreshingly their own and distinct."
"True to their influences, which include The Beach Boys to Morrissey, the guys are bent on crafting harmony-laden power pop tunes that you will want to crank up loud."