Written by Mark Jones
The Capital are a 5 piece melodic punk band from Preston featuring ex-members of Failsafe who were on course for big things but had to call it a day in 2015 following the tragic death of their guitar player Matt Cogley. The remaining members vowed to carry on creating music together in the memory of their friend and raising money for mental health charities in Matt’s memory.
Influenced by melodic punk bands like Hot Water Music and The Flatliners they started work on the new project and after a few months recorded their debut E.P ‘Hummingbird’ and played a few shows in the Northwest of England including a show with Philadelphia punks Beach Slang. The band went back into the studio to record the follow up ‘This Place Matters’ which is inspired by the sad demise of some of the UK’s best music venues.
The E.P kicks off with the brilliant ‘Trouble’, a well-written track with the vocals of Seamus McLoughlin shining through. Things go up a notch with ‘Harbour In A Storm’, a brilliant song full of short sharp guitar riffs and excellent lyrics with another brilliant vocal performance – it is quite possibly my favourite track on the E.P. ‘Rise Up’ is next up and has a bit more of a rock feel to it with the Foo Fighters springing to mind. This then leads into the title track, another great song with a killer chorus. The E.P comes to a close with ‘Only Human’, a brilliant melodic track which highlights the ability this band has.
‘This Place Matters’ is a really enjoyable release which I will no doubt keep going back to over the course of the next few months.