Oxes poster artwork by Drew Millward

Have been meaning to draw your attention to this artwork produced by Drew Millward for the Oxes tour which starts in a couple of weeks time, the Birmingham date is at the Hare & Hounds on Friday 24th of October. We love it! You can check out more of his designs on gigposters.com

While on the subject of poster art here are some other exciting examples of artists who produce gig posters that are worth checking out including Seldon Hunt

and Burlesque Of North America whom we discovered at SXSW a few years ago at Flatstock and ended up parting with a fair bit of cash and now a lack of wall space.

Flatstock is co-presented by the American Poster Institute (API) and South by Southwest (SXSW), and displays the works of more than 100 artists from across North America.

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Post phonal event

Thanks for the wonderful turn out on Tuesday night for Approximately Infinate Universe show at the Hare & Hounds, for those that missed out, shame on you! A big congratulations to NoFi for putting the tour together. It was an amazing and really quite unexpected treat in terms of its diversity of collaborations. A new discovery for me was Finnish artist ISLAJA, she has an incredible voice and was well complemented by Blevin Blectums electronic beats.

Blevin was one half of the SF duo Blectum From Blechdom, we saw Kevin Blechdom perform at Sonar a few years ago, and she brought tears to the eye with the most painful rendition of ‘I Will Always Love You’. A stroke of comedy genius.

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All hail the rock grannies!!!

Jenny and I are often referred to by the younger bands we work with as the Capsule grannies, so I thought it was fitting to draw your attention to these OAP’s rockin out in Australia. Found on the Guardian website:

As part of the Sydney Biennial 08, Swiss artist Christopher Büchel got some Australian grannies to give a raw, rough and ready rehearsal/performance of the Sex Pistols’ God Save the Queen.


Also the most genius invention the granny shopping trolley with speakers. Chic granny style and still able to deafen, perhaps Sunn 0))) could do a mobile show!

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Have your portrait taken for Home Of Metal archive


A call out to Metal fans across the region:
Home of Metal warms up with as unique opportunity for fans of Judas Priest, Napalm Death, Godflesh, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin to be photographed wearing their prized band t-shirts. The event, which will take place at The Giffard Arms, Wolverhampton on Friday 19th September, 9pm – 11pm and then Scruffy Murphys in Birmingham on Friday 26th of September 9pm – 11pm.

Images will be taken by the Birmingham photographer Steve Gerrard, who has been capturing bands in action for over 20 years, and has photographed some of the biggest names and artists. The photographs will then go on display at Wolverhampton Art Gallery at the official launch event in October as well as New Art Gallery Walsall and then will become part of the Home Of Metal website.

Photo courtesy of Ben Javens

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The Joyful Bewilderment

Capsule are proud to be involved with ‘The Joyful Bewilderment…“, a group exhibition showcasing the outpourings of a group of like minded image-makers which will take place at Rough Trade East in London from 2nd October – 27th October. Fundamentally, the artists in the show all share an essential motivation to explore the possibilities of enhancing everyday life by making magic from the mundane. Over 100 artists from all over the world including members of The Outcrowd Collective as well as several other West Midlands inhabitants from LUCY MCLAUCHLAN, RIK COOPER, STEF GRINDLEY, LEE BASFORD, BEN JAVENS, CHRIS KEENAN and LAWRENCE ROPER to name but a few as well as host of other reprobates including FRENCH, RICK MYERS and JAMES JARVIS.

EINSTELLUNG will be performing at the opening night on Thursday 2nd of October, in preparation for their forthcoming release on Capsule Recordings, a limited edition vinyl release of ‘Wings Of Desire’, with art work by Lucy Mclauchlan. (Due for release in November).

Einstellung are Steve Hough (ex-Cable Regime, Godflesh, Grover) on bass, Simon Rider (Ex Grover, Moneygods) on drums, Andrew Parker (ex-Katastrophy Wife, Sally) and Andy Smart on guitars.

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Capsule have left the building


Capsule will be away for one whole week as we’re off on our summer holiday. Back in the office on Monday 15th of Sept, please email us and we’ll get back to you on our return.
Postcard courtesy of Popcards.fr who provide us with hours of entertainment.

Au revoir!

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Capsule are part of Hello Digital

The first stage of our Home Of Metal project will be part of the Midlands’ first digital festival, Hello Digital, which takes place from the 23rd – 26th of October.http://www.hellodigital.net/2008/09/say-hello-to-capsule/

Our event will launch at Wolverhampton Art Gallery on the 25th of October in the form of an open day.The launch event at the city centre Art Gallery encourages fans of Judas Priest, Napalm Death, Godflesh, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin to come along and share their experiences of their favourite band. Fans are encouraged to bring memorabilia along with their personal stories to the gallery to be recorded – all of which will go towards the new digital archive, which aims to tell the true story of the birth place of metal.

Home of Metal warms up with as unique opportunity for fans of Judas Priest, Napalm Death, Godflesh, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin to be photographed wearing their prized band t-shirts. The event, which will take place at The Giffard Arms, Wolverhampton on Friday 19th September, 9pm – 11pm will be a great chance for metal fans from far and wide to get together and share this exciting occasion. Then Scruffy Murphys in Birmingham on Friday 26th of September.

Images will be taken by the Birmingham photographer Steve Gerrard, who has been capturing bands in action for over 20 years, and has photographed some of the biggest names and artists. The photographs will then go on display at Wolverhampton Art Gallery at the official launch event in October.

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Capsule needs you – ‘Home Of Metal’ volunteers needed

For too long Birmingham and the West Midlands have failed to celebrate what is rightfully theirs, to claim the city and the region as home of “heavy metal”.

Throughout late 2008 Capsule will be building a digital archive and carrying out a series of open days starting on the 25th October at Wolverhampton Art Gallery as part of “Helllo Digital” We want you to help us create a ‘people’s archive’ of memories, images and pictures to tell the story of this unique moment of Midlands’ musical heritage. This project is being delivered in partnership with, Black Country Arts Partnerships, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, New Art Gallery Walsall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

Capsule are looking for a small team of dedicated volunteers, with a passionate interest in either local history, music (specific or otherwise) or a desire to be part of a ground breaking project, which aims to bring a sense of civic pride to the region celebrating Birmingham and the Black Country as HOME OF METAL.

In return for your time commitment you will receive the following:
Training in recording oral histories / archiving digital data – including photography
Being part of a team delivering a unique project.
Travel cost will be covered.

For further info + to down load an application form:
http://www.capsule.org.uk/event/home-of-metal

Deadline for applicants: Friday 12th September

This project is led by Capsule in partnership with BCAP, WMAG, NAGW, BMAG as part of Hello Digital

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