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Album Review

Here are the names of bands that flitted through the mind of a music critic while listening to the Capes' debut album, Hello: the Buzzcocks, Wire, Oasis, the Beatles, the Kinks, the Beach Boys, Squeeze, the Beatles (again), the Jam, the Kinks (again), the Beach Boys (again). That is august company, of course, and it is also indicative of the Capes' music, which is catchy, guitar-based pop/rock that edges toward punk/new wave rock, but also boasts enough keyboard blips to show greater musical sophistication, along with occasional harmonies to sweeten things and often clever lyrics declaimed in clear British accents. In the mid-'60s, many of these tracks could have been hit singles; in the late '70s, they could have set clubs pogo-ing. In the 2000s, they can admittedly sound somewhat retro at times, but the Capes manage to reinvent their influences for their own purposes and play with enough conviction to make this infectious music their own. And they throw enough odd ingredients into the mix (the Japanese "chat" in "Shinjuku Hi-5," the eerie synth riffs in "Francophile [Ver 1.5]") to give the songs individual character. The Capes are not just pale imitators of previous generations of British rock bands, even if they bring many of those bands to mind. They accomplish the feat of taking an utterly familiar style and coming up with something new.

Customer Reviews

This version of "Hello" is being sold illegaly by iTunes

The Label that is selling it here through iTunes is doing so illegaly and does not hold the rights to any work by The Capes. The band does not receive a cent from any sales of this, even though theye own the complete rights. A new official version including bonus & live tracks will be posted in the next week. If you wish to support The Capes then please buy the newer version instead! It'll even include a decent cover rather than a badly scanned one like this bootleg. Thanks!

These guys are good.

I bought this album by accident, I meant to buy The Cribs, easy mistakatomake. However I thought I'd give it a shot and I have to admit that I think I've found a jewel. These guys are good, they've taken sounds from the past and put them back together in their own way, adding sharp, catchy and even witty lyrics. "Summer downpours, Daily Mail readers got me in an uproar” Just bought a smile across my face. They have a very English sound, and this album is defiantly going to be a 06 summer hit. Highlights include Francophile (Ver 1.5), Shinjuku Hi 5 and Wound. I defiantly recommend you check this out well worth a listen, five stars.

Get into The Capes!

I will be honest... I only looked into this band because they were playing at my favorite bar... so I decided to give 'em a listen and I was pleasantly suprised. This UK band gives your ears a bit of an experience with their music. Like Bloc Party and/or Maximo Park they take art school rock and add a bit of their own sound to it. If you like good music.. give The Capes a chance.. You may just really like what you hear.


Formed: 2002 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

British indie rock band the Capes came together in South London at Goldsmiths College, where Kris Barratt (vocals/guitar) began rehearsing with Richard Gladman (keyboards/guitar), bringing in Rupert Cresswell (bass) and auditioning various drummers before settling on Rupert Phelps. This four-piece began playing out, later adding Cresswell's younger brother Nick Cresswell (guitar/keyboards) to finalize the lineup of the Capes as a quintet. In 2005, the Capes attracted the attention of American label...
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