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Album Review: Capital – Force Is Not A Remedy

By on Monday, 14th June 2010 at 12:00 pm

Sleep, eat, work, and listen to Capital. That’s what my daily regimen has been looking like for the past ten days or so. More appropriately in reverse order, too. It’s fair to say that this UK band has truly hooked me with their most recent album, “Force Is Not A Remedy.”

For starters, album opener, “City Never Sleeps”, instantly hits a nerve and rattles your bones, seemingly invading you inside and out. What’s more, ballad rocker “Bright Lights” walks the tightrope of ambiguity and transparency, notching the band to such comparisons as Editors and Athlete. And I’ve only touched upon the first two songs here.

Moving along, the album blares with emotive rock that twists with pure, melodic sounds and turns with contagious beats and rhythms. Indeed, there’s something highly infectious with a number like their eerily beautiful single, “Starlit City”, so it’s little wonder why Capital has brought an omnipresent power to my ears.

As an added bonus, fans of new wave/post-punk Brit bands will take heart in such songs as “Your Love Is Like A Radio” that shows vocalist Nick Webb demonstrating a likeness to legendary singer Robert Smith from The Cure.

Meanwhile the moody, epic song of” Mirage” tinges on the synth sounds of Depeche Mode and combines some rather brilliant U2-esque riffs to create an explosion of grandiose noise.

The authenticity of this band make it that much more difficult to classify them into a genre. Sure, labeling them into the pit of the indie rock band /poor man’s Radiohead or Coldplay or perhaps even Thirteen Senses, would be easy to do, but it certainly wouldn’t give justice to this relatively obscure band who have let listeners have their latest work for free (!).

So there you have it, genuine, non-phony bands who show demonstrate a great deal of artistic freedom and capability.

If we lived in back in that day when buying physical albums was still the norm, well then I’d reserve some money just to get my hands on this nifty piece of work.

Finally, there’s a right time to invest some money in Capital. Yes, that was a horrible pun, but I’ve made my point. Support this band.

You can download the whole album for free from Bandcamp now.


MP3 of the Day #172: Capital

By on Friday, 30th April 2010 at 10:00 am

A blend of Arcade Fire coupled with a vocal tinge of Robert Smith from The Cure, and you’ve got yourself the smallest nutshell description of an emerging band called Capital. There’s not a slew of information about the band itself yet, but that will all change with their full length album, “Force Is Not A Remedy” comes out next month – May 24th to be exact.

For now, though, do yourself the favor of checking out their lead single, “Starlit City” which became available this Monday, April 26th. From the dark, evocative opening lines that beg “So when did we start to look so strange?” to the soaring, climatic melody, there’s a lingering enjoyment with the track that will simply leave you wanting more. Indeed, what we hear is a song that kicks off with mystery and then some 90 seconds later, a veil has lifted. As a result, the song evolves into an upbeat number with enough space to create some beautifully infectious noise.

Oh, and one more thing, Capital’s debut release next month will be a pay what you want/ free download. But really, after hearing a song such as “Starlit City”, this talented bunch is worth several coin drops in the bucket. Do check them out and support a band who are brimming with future success

MP3: Capital – Starlit City


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