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
img_2310so go and say hello!


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
Advanced Tickets:


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


Electric Wizard live – 11.09.09


Capsule’s first gig after Supersonic Festival will be the mighty and monstrous Electric Wizard with support from Blood Ceremony. A great way to kick things off after the summer and you seem to agree as all tickets online and in the shops have SOLD OUT! A few tickets will be kept on the door so anyone without one should get to the venue early.

Electric Wizard
+ Blood Ceremony
Hare and Hounds


Capsule posters by Javens

The very talented Mr Ben Javens, responsible for a good percentage of our Capsule posters has recently produced a series of 4 1/20 limited edition screen printed posters for our gigs. They’re a bargain at just £10 each – grab them while you can from his SHOP

A Hawk & A Hacksaw
Ltd edition of 20, hand pulled, two colour screen print on 300gsm cartridge paper. The dimensions are 594mmx420mm. All prints are signed and numbered by hand and will be sent out in a heavy duty postal tube.

Melt Banana
This is a ltd edition of 20, hand pulled, two colour screen print on 300gsm cartridge paper. The dimensions are 280mmx594mm. All prints are signed and numbered by hand and will be sent out in a heavy duty postal tube.

Once again this is a hand pulled screen print, printed on A2 (420mmx594mm), 215gsm cartridge paper, which are signed and numbered by hand and will be sent out in a heavy duty postal tube.


Hand pulled by Ben, onto some rather lovely 300g water colour paper, the dimensions of which are 380mm x 550mm, signed and numbered by hand.


Milk Kitchen – fundraiser

milk_kitchenThis Saturday sees a host of local bands and friends come together to help  our buddy Steve Gubbins who is putting together an event to raise money for the Down Syndrome Association. They’ll be some awesome acts playing including Glatze, Pete Prescription, Stinkywizzleteat, Dream Dreams The Dreamer Awkestra as well as a number of DJ’s including none other than one half of Fuck Buttons, Andrew Hung, Rough Trade DJ’s and the Capsule Grannies – thats us, expect some power ballad action – oh yes reach and grab!

There is also going be some cake as well as a raffle, this is going to be great fun and all for a great cause, come along and support it.

Saturday 29th August at The Victoria – 48 John Bright Street, Birmingham, B1 1BN 8pm till 2am. £5 entrance all proceeds to Down Syndrome Association.
Find out more –


Home Of Metal needs your vote for SXSWi

Vote for my PanelPicker Idea!

Just click on the image above to vote

Capsule has made it through to the first round for the SXSWi panel in Austin, Texas – we’ve proposed a panel around the Home Of Metal project, but to be considered for the final submission we need you folks to comment & vote on our idea, most importantly are your comments – to create a discussion and to show it’s a topic of relevance.

You’ll need to sign up to the link below – there have been 2200 proposed panels but only room for 300 panels.
Please feel free to help us spread the word, if you know other people that attend SXSW or folks that would find this subject of interest. This is a great opportunity to raise the profile of the Home Of Metal project and of work going on in the West Midlands. The voting closes on September 4th.

New Ways of Collecting: Digital Archives and Contemporary Histories

How does Web 2.0 make us rethink the notion of collecting? Bedroom enthusiasts now have tools that enable them to interact with global audiences. They can work at the same level as professional archivists, and amateurs may have more virtual visits than some physical museums. This session will explore the Home of Metal Digital Archive as a case study focusing on music collections and illustrating successful 21st century collecting strategies.

many thanks as always from Lisa & Jenny


Sonic delights and such likes

oct_09Ok folks we have a number of shows coming up over the next couple of months and we’re pretty stoked on the selection.

Kicking off with ELECTRIC WIZARD,  a crushing behemoth of funeral march psychedelia with support from Canadian flute-tinged witch rock, BLOOD CEREMONY – think Jethro Tull mixed with Sabbath!
Be aware that this show is selling very fast and our capacity is limited!

A welcome return by Capsule favourites FUCK BUTTONS, with support from ZUN ZUN EGUI, a  heavy dance band, they fire up mighty, eternal grooves worthy of some dust-caked Lagos street jam. THEO – Taut, chugging guitar loops layer up with frenetic tapping patterns that interweave in spiralling complexity.

STARLESS & BIBLE BLACK have drawn together the sounds of ‘70s Topanga Canyon country-rock, ‘80s Mancunian jangle, and space-age psychedelic drones to make a dynamic, warm and woodsy sound. Support from FOX, intimate, acoustic-led songwriting combining a wide variety of instruments, including guitars, banjo, percussion, keyboards, theremin, mandolin + new Birmingham based collective Health & Efficiency, who combine banjo, two basses, two guitars, synths, samplers and more effects and loop pedals.

ISIS are back in Brum, expect heavy, slow and brutal sounds, whilst hypnotising and entrancing you all with their live show. They will be bringing with them a very special support act – more news on that soon. This will be our first show at The Asylum in Hockley, which we’re really excited about using, good beer prices & great PA.

EFTERKLANG with support from NANCY ELIZABETH will also be taking place at the Asylum on the following night – expect an upbeat atmosphere and with  a sense of hope and optimism, these guys will leave you with a massive smile on your face – what more could you want from a gig.

These are just for starters – also confirmed for November DAMIEN JURADO, WOODS/ESPERS/THE CAVE SINGERS + OXBOW

Tickets can be bought in advanced from
Polar Bear – York Road, Kings Heath
Swordfish – Birmingham city centre