If I were to tell you that a band of NYC teenagers who met in 1979 decided to form a band influenced by Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, Eno, Chrome and released a privately pressed record, it would be enough to pique your interest. When you find out the band consisted of a future Supreme Court Justice for Arizona, a Professor of Slavic Studies, a Musician/Documentarian whose family built the Brooklyn Bridge, and an A-list world-famous actor the story goes from being about another rare, privately pressed recording that's been re-discovered, into something that's pretty incredible.
Captured Tracks is thrilled to announce the reissue of Capital Punishment's 1982 sole LP Roadkill. For a band of high school weirdos who actually got their shit together enough to make a completely uncommercial album with no means to sell it shows a lot of determination, persistence and perhaps insanity. But it's always those kinds of weirdos who go on to do great things - just ask Judge Peter Swann, Professor Peter Zusi, Kriss Roebling and Ben Stiller.
Analog synthesizers give tangible life to the works of Guerilla Toss. Whether it be the sound of a rocket ship, a kitten-with-a-wah, distorted dolphins, or a clavichord made out of honey-baked ham, the band consistently finds new ways to bring together the many ideas that combine to shape each new batch of art-rock puzzle pieces. Twisted Crystal, Guerilla Toss' new LP, feels more personal than ever for the band. Angular yet irresistibly catchy, this collection of pop songs pulls influence from powerful groups like The Slits, ESG, Gina X, and early Madonna, with sing-speak vocals from Kassie Carlson nodding to legendary artists like Laurie Anderson, Grace Jones, and Lizzy Mercier Descloux - combining this all into a twisted, crystalline concoction.
Marcus Marr shares his Familiar Five: Remixed EP. The remixed tracks first appeared on the UK producer's Familiar Five EP, released earlier this year. The new record will feature remixes from Justin Van Der Volgen, Prosumer, Gerd Janson and Ara Koufax. "It was fun to ask some of my favourite producers to remix these tracks," notes Marr. "I love Gerd's remixes and play them loads. Prosumer is a great producer and I've been a fan of his for ages. Justin Van Der Volgen I also love - his originals and his remixes are always interesting. And Ara Koufax I;ve been a fan of since their tune 'Brenda'." Marr is no stranger to collaboration, working with Australian musician Chet Faker on 2015's Work EP. Work yielded two hit singles, "Birthday Card" (Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 first play, #1 Hype Machine) and "The Trouble with Us" (#1 Hype Machine). The Familiar Five EP, however, shows him in his individual element, an artist and performer who understands just how to make superb music for both man and machine.
Since its inception in 2015, Sextile have gained a devout following thanks to the seductive energy of their live shows and nonstop touring.After numerous lineup changes, the now two-piece comprised of Brady Keehn and Melissa Scaduto have shifted toward a minimalist approach that's as heavy hitting as ever. Now favoring synths over guitars, they haven't thrown out the strings completely. '3' was recorded in Los Angeles at their home and practice space using a KORG MS10, a sequencer, a Fender Stratocaster, a LinnDrum, and various percussion instruments.Finding inspiration in futurist writer Luigi Russolo's "The Art of Noises," the pair employs a sonic palette that mirrors the chaos of the modern industrial era. Sextile excels at regulating noise, whether the source is a percussive clang, guitar stab, synth trill, or Keehn's militant vocals. Throughout '3,' bursts of abrupt discord punctuate thumping rhythms and hypnotic bass sequences. While the appropriately titled "Disco" is a clubworthy opener, "Spun" delivers the signature Sextile sound with rowdy, squealing guitars. '3' places the band's sound somewhere between DAF and Gang of Four, but it's that tinge of futurism and the observations of the current political climate that steer them right to the present. It's the explosive sound of now - it's punk that can hold down a dance floor.
People of the Dawn is the debut album from Spencer Zahn, bassist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He has spent the last several years as an in-demand sideman and collaborator, touring and recording with artists from across a wide musical spectrum. While traveling as a bassist and keyboard player, Zahn started recording synthesizer experiments in his off time. These experiments - musical snapshots of cities all over the world - became the foundation of People of the Dawn, an album that seeks to merge the chaotic wisdom of jazz improvisation with the warm pulse of electronica.
It was 10 years ago, in a house on the outskirts of Santiago, Chile, that Ives Sepulveda Minho and Manuel Parra started playing music together, and The Holydrug Couple was effectively born. A decade later, they've made Hyper Super Mega, an album that represents the culmination of everything they've learned in their years as a band.
If Hyper Super Mega feels like a classic pop record, that’s because Sepulveda and Parra spent much of the recording process thinking about the classic pop records of the '60s and '70s. Masterpieces by bands like The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Fleetwood Mac were all reference points, not always explicitly in sound, but certainly in spirit. The duo approached the mythos of the "classic album" from their own inimitable psych-pop perspective, hoping to make a record that felt authentically like The Holydrug Couple that could fit into the same canon. By that criterion, Hyper Super Mega is a massive success. All the elements that made the band's previous albums Noctuary and Moonlust great are distilled to their purest essence and rendered in obsessive detail.
Who do we become when we live our dreams? It's all here - the high hairdos, the dreams and schemes, the tender camp, the wedding bell fantasias and chaste tragedies. Sister acts, studio receptionists, classmates, angelic voices of the 1960s; some legendary, many hidden in the basement of expired rainbows. Gathered on this deluxe double LP (or CD) are 28 (56 on the compact disc!) foiled escape attempts, now free to soar in girl group heaven.