Meeting at the ultra-cool hub of art and music, Goldsmiths College, Kris Barratt (vocals, guitars) and Richie Gladman (keys, guitars, bv’s) got together in the rehearsal rooms with buddy Rupe Cresswell (bass, bv’s), sharing studio space with their school mates Bloc Party and Mower. They started jamming some tracks in what was to become the embryonic stages of the band. After a little while testing out drummers they brought in an old friend Rupe Phelps and started gigging. Realizing they wanted to give things more sonic depth they soon recruited Cresswell’s younger brother Nick (guitars, keys, bvs) and here The Capes were formed.
The Capes' sound echoes bands as diverse as Blur, The Super Furry Animals, The Olivia Tremor Control, The Beach Boys to Lou Barlow and XTC, meeting somewhere in between at a huge explosion of buzzsaw guitars, squelchy old analog synths and soaring West Coast harmonies.
A growing buzz led to interest from US indie Hard Soul Records, which delivered the band’s mini-album Taste to the public this summer. The band enjoyed immediate success with the release of this EP, which was their US debut. With the simultaneous street release and radio add of the EP on July 12th, Taste unexpectedly found itself the nation’s 13th most added at college radio. From there, Taste exploded in every direction enjoying 12 weeks in the CMJ Top 200 peaking well inside the Top 75. Hello has built upon that success with its #46 debut and 3rd Most Added spot.
Hello CDs are on the way, but in the meantime, you check out the album in its entirety here.
The Features - Exhibit A
Jump Little Children - Magazine
Ed Harcourt - Here Be Monsters
M-Flo - Expo, Expo
SKA: Derrick Morgan, Desmond Dekker
Bon Jovi - Bounce
Def Leppard - X
The Avalanches - Since I Left You
The Primitives - Best Of
Tracy + The Plastics - Muscler's Guide To Videonics
The Locust - Morning Light
Ween - Albums
Wierd Al Yankovic - UHF
Spoon - Gimme Fiction
Sonic Youth - Sonic Nurse