Sunday, December 1, 2013

Capsula- Solar Secrets

So, yes, I've been waiting for the new Capsula and, I'm not disappointed - This is some great Psychedelic Punk. They're the next Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, who were the next Jesus and Mary Chain, who, in turn, were the next Velvet Underground- all of them played what I think of as the ultimate expression of Psychedelic Punk- as opposed to what, say, the Butthole Surfers, or early Flaming Lips did- You've got your 1-2-3-4, all on the beat pop structure, your "I've only got a minute to tell you everything I ever wanted to say" urgency, and mind-altering guitars. The total package.  So, what's the message, this album? What are the Solar Secrets? Simple- that we trap ourselves in the modern world, and then, trap ourselves trying to escape that modern world, by following well-worn paths to "rebellion". But, let's back up and take it in-
Capsula have the advantage from being from Argentina. Argentina is a modern, somewhat middle class country, with a well-educated urban population, but because of both their history ( Colonialism, Juntas, and dirty, secret wars) and geography ( other side of the world from Europe) they're off the map, in terms of culture. Apart from an outsiders' perspective (Evita) I bet most folks couldn't tell you much about Argentinian culture. So, Capsula have the advantage of operating in a Vacuum. They're like us, on the Internet- they can see everything, but few can see them. That leaves them room to really concentrate on what they want their music to be- so, despite my line-drawing, they really are a fairly unique beast, in terms of Rock- garage-y, yet referencing very little, musically, from the 1960's. Psychedelic, yet eschewing your usual Flange and chorus effects on the guitars- vocals are another matter. Punk, in all the best ways, without having to overtly spell out either their politics or their anger.
On top of that, one look at them, and you can tell their Rock diehards. One listen, and you can confirm it. The new record sounds, repeatedly, to me, like another group of Rocknroll diehards-turned-pioneers- Lords of the New Church. It's got that same punk/garage fire of all downstrokes, all instruments, all the time. The bass is mixed loud, and carries the riffs, while the guitars are treble-boosted, surfy and grouchy, and Martin Guevera has more than a few snotty similarities to Saint Stiv. ( Not to muddy the waters, but that brings up the Damned tangent- Punk, Garage, and Psychedelic music belong together- Brian James and Captain Sensible are proof, enough)
So, here's my bottom line- If you like a Fender guitar cranked very loud, with a Gibson bass played like a rhythm guitar- with some echo, reverb and fuzz for flavour- what are you waiting for- this might really be your cup of fur.

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