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Album Review

After crisscrossing the musical map on 2007's Brought to You by Nebraska Fish, Capgun Coup refashions itself as a messy, cacophonous pop band with Maudlin. This sophomore effort bears the influence of 21st century indie rock — the off-kilter vocals, messy drums, and slapdash swagger are all as hip-sounding as they are untrained — but Maudlin takes more of its cues from vintage genres, resulting in a number of songs that pair a lo-fi approach with traces of surf rock, '50s pop, lounge, and garage psychedelia. The strongest songs here (the Dylan-influenced "Got a Lot of Gull," "Pretty City," the instrumental workout "Fishlip") show a band that has grown exponentially since 2007, when Capgun Coup's PR material would flaunt the fact that these Omaha residents could barely play their own instruments. There's still a shoddiness to this set, a sense that what you play isn't as important as how you play it, but Capgun Coup has nevertheless become a fully competent band, and Maudlin's messiness sounds far more endearing than clumsy.

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Makes Omaha Look Bad

They might not care if they sound horrible, but it's really painful to listen to.


Formed: 2007 in Omaha, NE

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

A frenetic indie rock band formed by Greg Elsasser and Sam Martin in the suburban wilds of Omaha, NE, Capgun Coup released their debut album, Brought to You by Nebraskafish, in 2007. With a band lineup rounded out by Eric Ohlsson and Andy Matz, Capgun Coup made downtown Omaha their nerve center and -- prior to releasing Nebraskafish -- focused on becoming a solid live band through house parties...
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