How Did We Get Here
Ryan Andrew began writing and recording demos in the Spring of 2006 for what would become Castella's debut album, "How Did We Get Here." After recording a couple tracks with Portland/L.A. producer Rob Daiker, a demo began floating around and somehow landed in the hands of producer Joe Chiccarelli (The Shins, U2, Beck, etc...) Joe immediately called Ryan for a meeting in Portland and soon after plans were under way for making a record. Ryan contacted bassist Craig Montoya (formerly of Everclear), and guitarist Kevin Hahn, two Portland rockers who were playing in Montoya's solo project Tri-Polar. The boys instantly hit it off and spent the next few months rehearsing, recording, and hanging out together. The result is a rock band that captivates and commands your attention with songs like "Alone Tonight," a triumphant rock anthem where Andrew's soaring vocal range leaves the listener with no choice but to chant the ending lyric, "We won't be alone tonight," along with the rest of the band. Montoya and Hahn bring on some raw smack you in the face attitude on the the assaulting grunge rocker, "Turn Up Your Radio." Castella also displays how truly dynamic they are as Andrew's lamenting vocals melt you on the chilling ballad, "Shame." With the combination of seasoned musicianship, compellingly brave song writing, and world class production, the bold and epic new band Castella has been born.