Pram to play Capsule 10th Birthday!

ten_web_pramMore treats in store for our 10th birthday celebrations – we have just confirmed a show with PRAM and  visuals by FILM FICCIONES with support from LIGHT TRAP. Capsule are overjoyed to include these guys, we have had a long standing relationship with PRAM from an early commission with VIVID for the first ever Supersonic Festival back in 2003, to our showcase at Sonar Festival in Barcelona and our event as part of the launch of Town Hall Birmingham to name but a few spectacular events.
pram_sonar2008Pram at Capsule showcase Sonar 2008

They will be joined by Light Trap, a trio from Birmingham, England comprised of John (Haxan, ex Doom & Sore Throat and of course Brummie Of The Year 2008), Doug (Una Corda) and Nic (ex Napalm Death & Scorn).
They combine blackened and primitive noise rock with progressive and experimental elements.

This show also takes place at Vivid expect mesmerising visuals courtesy of FILM FICCIONES.

This show has a limited capacity and we advice that you purchase your tickets in advance from


Geoff Barrow of PORTISHEAD new project Beak> play Capsule are 10!

ten_webposter_beakWe are delighted to confirm that Geoff Barrow of PORTISHEAD fame will be joining our birthday celebrations with his latest project BEAK>. They will be performing at Vivid, an art space located in deepest darkest Digbeth. Capsule will be taking over the venue for the month of December, with a jammed packed programme of live performances,  including special guests MONOTONIX, LIGHTNING BOLT, MODIFIED TOY ORCHESTRA to name but a few, workshops, an exhibition and of course plenty of cake!

Beak> Iron Acton – Recording Session from Mintonfilm on Vimeo.

BEAK> were formed in January 2009 by three Bristol musicians, Billy Fuller, Matt Williams and Geoff Barrow. Geoff Barrow is a musician and producer best known for forming and producing music group Portishead and part owner of the independent record label Invada Records . They will be joined by EINSTELLUNG who blend glorious monotonous Krautrock with melodic tones and heavy slabs of Sabbath riffage, whilst finding time to declare sonic warfare on those tinnitus victims who have passed the point of no return. Also on the bill for this very special night are THOUGHT FORMS who made a real splash at Supersonic Festival 2009. The band take influence from luminaries Sonic Youth, Slint and My Bloody Valentine, blending their structure with inspiration from modern experimental noise bands like Boris, Double Leopards and  Emeralds; It is this which gives rise to a more psychedelic sound.
This show has a very limited capacity so advanced tickets are advised-

Capsule released a limited edition (1/500) double vinly entitled ‘‘Wings Of Desire’ by Einstellung with artwork by the very talented Lucy McLauchlan – you can purchase that HERE


New Efterklang video

Capsule are 10!

Capsule will be 10 years old this December and we very rarely do things by halves, as is the case with this month long celebration which will include live performances from MONOTONIX, TUNNG, SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE, LIGHTNING DUST, BELA EMERSON, LIGHTNING BOLT, TWEAK BIRD, ESQUILAX,  BEESTUNG LIPS,  CUM BEARS, PETE PRESCRIPTION, SUNN O))), OM, MODIFIED TOY ORCHESTRA, PCM + many more!!!

We’ll be starting with a big party to launch an exhibition which delves way back  into our archive, this will be held at Vivid on Tuesday 1st of Dec. With special guests MONOTONIX. These guys absolutely stole the show at this years Supersonic Festival with their acrobatic antics, so it was only right that we have them open proceedings.
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Monotonix at Supersonic 09 Photo by Mark Rhodes

Following on Wednesday 2nd Capsule will bring to Town hall an extraordinary night of entertainment. Special guests include old friends TUNNG who combine a perfect mixture of skewed electronica and pastoral English Folk music. SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE, psych-folk-pop, hippie jams updated for the kids of today. LIGHTNING DUST, the side project of Amber Webber and Joshua Wells, both members of Canadian band Black Mountain. Complimented by the bewitching BELA EMERSON, an innovative and prolific performer of electric cello, electronics, tenor viol and musical saw. This is a seated event and tickets can only be purchased directly from Town Hall.
Advanced Tickets – or phone – 0121 780 3333

Tuesday 8th we’re back at Vivid with the mighty LIGHTNING BOLT, they performed  one of our most memorable shows back in 2004 in what is now the theatre space at the Custard Factory. This will, we hope be as special, with a limited capacity of just 150 people so that we can re-live that  electrifying atmosphere once again. They will be joined by brother duo TWEAK BIRD and the world’s only and best Happy Hardcore covers band PETE PRESCRIPTION.
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Followed on Thursday 10th with a double headline show of SUNN O))) + OM at the Asylum in Hockley, the lineup on stage will be Anderson & O’Malley, Attila Csihar and Steve Moore (Stebmo). With special guests Om, their music is made by singer/bassist Al Cisneros (formerly of stoner-metal gods Sleep) and drummer Emil Amos and is as raw, loud, and heavy as that of bands with two or three guitarists among their ranks.
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sunn_10SUNN O))) at Supersonic 2009 by Mark Rhodes

Concluding on Saturday 19th of Dec with an almighty knees up featuring some of the most infamous of locals including MODIFIED TOY ORCHESTRA + PCM to name but a few.|

During our time at Vivid we will also be doing a film & cake afternoon with our friends 7 INCH CINEMA, a show and tell event in collaboration with CREATED IN BIRMINGHAM as well as a night of experimental noise produced by HEAT & LIGHT plus a few more surprises up our sleeve!
We’ll keep you posted with news as more stuff is confirmed.


Starless & Bible Black – great album reviews!

Looking forward to the Starless & Bible Black show at the Hare and Hounds on 8th October 09, especially after reading these brilliant reviews!

Anglo-French folk rockers named from Dylan Thomas via a King Crimson LP.Can you have too much of a nice thing? The world is currently awash with pretty female-fronted folk rock, the kind of thing that once had Mike Mansfield presenting a Cue The Music TV special on Judie Tzuke and gravely cooing, “Ah , a voice of the purest crystal.” The second album from this Manchester based group starts a bit like that. But by track three, Hanging On The Vine, they reach more challenging terrain. Singer Helene Gautier channels Sandy Denny over Cortez The Killer-period Neil Young.
There’s also sci-fi synth from the impressively titled Raz Ullah, adding to a
musical mood like a haunted stroll across the moors. By the time they’ve reached Les Furies, Raz is percolating away in full-on Floyd mode, the bass is burbling fruitily and it’s clear the more mind-blown fringes suit them well.

Roy Wilkinson Mojo Magazine

Shape of the Shape is the second album from Mancunian collective Starless and Bible Black and this time they’ve kicked the banjos into touch, opting instead for the sound of the 70’s. The musicianship on this album is exquisite, and showcased perfectly by a warm, organic recording which derives from twilight sessions in the magical wilderness of Snowdonia. The music may have become more eclectic but everything on the album still rotates around the soulful vocal talent of Hélène Gautier who shimmers and smoulders throughout. The end result of this melding of talents is an album which is essentially timeless and which demands attention; this is a record to be savoured on those dark winter’s evenings ahead.
The Music Fix

Heavyweight in quality but fluid and expansive in execution, Shape Of The Shape is epically beautiful. Exquisite guitar-based arrangements are layered and unfolded with a natural, organic grace made almost spiritual with dreamy, synth elevations. Moody yet warm, these compositions are the type that need little help from production gloss, reverberating with a sheer, natural pulse that really can’t be faked. They somehow manage to be both nostalgic and freshly modern, a clever feat indeed.
Wears the Trousers Magazine

Starless & Bible Black
Health & Efficiency
Lewis Garland
Hare and Hounds, Birmingham


Marvins Magical Mini Mart

Go and support your local independent retailers and artists/designer makers at Marvins Magical Mini Mart which is part of the Pop Up Style shop in Birmingham city centre  this Saturday. Includes a stall by our very own Mr Ben Javens (responsible for a vast number of our gig posters) and the very talented Needles & Hooks (aka Sara our artist liason at Supersonic), not to mention a whole host of great illustrators and print makers.

Open this Saturday 10am – 6.00pm located on the second floor of the old Jade shoe shop on Corporation Street.

Ben Javens has a load of his screen printed posters along with a healthy amount of Capsule goodies
img_2320There is some fuzzy felt action going on
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Starless & Bible Black – 8.10.09 (new support confirmed!)


Thanks to all who attended the Fuck Buttons gig – a great show – good to see the Capsule audience having a dance.

Next show is Starless & Bible Black who present some dark folk rock from the renowned Static Caravan label. Support come from multi instrumentalist Fox and Health & Efficiency, a new act exploring psych, folk, no wave noise and electronic soundscapes.

Just confirmed as additional support for this show is Lewis Garland. Intimate folk tinged sounds act as a backdrop for intricate wordplay.

Should be a great show and only £6!

Thursday 8th October 2009
Starless & Bible Black
Health & Efficiency + Fox + Lewis Garland
@ The Hare And Hounds . Birmingham
Doors 8pm
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Fuck Buttons live 22.09.09


After Andrew Hung’s storming DJ set at the Milk Kitchen fundraiser last weekend -Fuck Buttons return to Birmingham for an intimate show at the Hare and Hounds.

Fuck Buttons live at Supersonic Festival 2008

Support will come from Zun Zun Egui‘s frenzied dance rock  and local love Theo and his complex percussive acrobatics. One for the dancers.

Fuck Buttons
+Zun Zun Egui
Hare and Hounds
£7.00 Advanced