Shellac/Lightning Bolt/Pissed Jeans/OM/Wooden Shjips come to Birmingham!

We’re over joyed to announce that ATP in collaboration with Capsule will present probably the best line up of the year right here in Birmingham.

RELEASE THE BATS 2008 Halloween Party with:
@ Space 2 . Custard Factory . Birmingham
Sat 1st November

Fancy dress welcome: we’d love it if you could come dressed as something inspired by one of the bands (Perhaps you could simulate some Pissed Jeans? Or arrive in a…Shjip?) or as something spooky to help us with creating the Halloween mood.

We put on Lightning Bolt in 2004 in the theatre space at the Custard Factory and for many in the audience it was a night of musical revelation. If you don’t know much about the band check out this documentary ‘The Power of Salad’ and you too will become a convert to the power of the Bolt, easily one of the most exciting live bands of the last 10 years!

and then of course there is Shellac featuring Big Black guitarist Steve Albini, a band that Capsule have been wanting to bring to Birmingham since we started back in 1999. Probably one of the greatest songs ever written ‘`Prayer To God’

For further details on tickets/recommended hotels and band info check:
Let us know just how excited you are on scale of 1 to 10, we’re pretty much on 11!


Tickets are now on sale…

for the following Capsule shows which include:

Wednesday 17th September 2008
Pelican + Torche
@ The Factory Club

Florida’s TORCHE, who have risen from the ashes of beloved FLOOR + CAVITY, joined by heavy duty cinematic soundscapes by PELICAN.

and then for something a little more mellow…
Tuesday 23rd September 2008
Kemialliset Ystavat & Axolotl + Es & Fursaxa + Islaja, Blevin Blectrum & Samara Lubelski + Dream Triangle

@ The Hare & Hounds . Kings Heath

Each performance a unique and brand new collaboration, each of the acts features a combination of Finnish artists from FONAL, who have invited a US counterpart to collaborate on a composition, highlighting the parallels in strands of the recent evolving trend of ‘weird/avant folk’ between the US West coast and Finland’s northern communities.

Friday 24th October 2008
Oxes + Beestung Lips + Bilge Pump
@ The Hare & Hounds . Kings Heath

“Eardrum-shattering, technically awesome math rock; listen and become the coolest outcast at your school.” A welcome return to Birmingham for this infamous trio, unleash the chaos as they wander amoungst the audience with their guitars!

Sunday 16th November 2008
Murcof with live strings
Oren Marshall

@ The Hare & Hounds . Kings Heath

Esteemed Mexican electronic composer with live strings in a synchronised visual environment.

Feel free to spread the word, more info about each of the bands in the coming up section of the website.


Buy! Buy! Buy!

Okey cokey people, its time to get purchasing. Just added to our Capsule online store are a selection of wonderful winter warmers, in other words we’ve got some Supersonic hoodies for sale.
Firstly there is the grey hoody with a turquoise back print of the Supersonic speaker heads designed by Matt at Beat13, as well as a navy hoody with a silver printed logo. These are on 100% cotton, heavy weight Fly 53 hooded sweaters. They have a pocket at the front, they are NOT zip up.

We also have a very limited amount of Gunsho designed hoodies, these are navy with a pink/black/white back print. Only a handful produced.

All available from our shop.


Supersonic Festival catalogue

The very talented and at times extremely patient Heavy Object along with Ben Javens have over the past few years created and designed the Supersonic catalogue. Often they have recieved briefs which looking back on it seem slightly silly ie “must include mini goats” and “an industrial landscape”. Many a good designer would be put off but such a challenge but not these guys, they always come up trumps, creating not only an informative guide to the weekend but also producing a beautifully crafted item which we hope people will cherish as a momento of their time at Supersonic.

They have now digitised the last 3 years worth of catalogues and you can check them out here:


Suggestions for Supersonic Festival 09

MARS plays Theremin

Combines the beauty of both a small dog and ‘beautiful’ music.
Please feel free to add your suggestions

Just found a cat playing theramin.


Time off…

Jenny and I will be taking a bit of time off from Capsule now, hopfully able to enjoy a little of our British summer. (its hard to say which is which in this highly accurate depiction of the Capsule Grannies at leisure enjoying a glass or three of bubberly)
capsule holiday

However do not fear we never rest for too long and have already got in place some awesome shows for the coming months including some Japanese psychedelia in the form of ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE who will be playing a 2hr set at the Hare & Hounds on Friday 1st August. Advanced tickets from or from Polar Bear in Kings Heath or Swordfish in Birmingham city centre.
Poster designed by Ben Javens

Acid Mothers Temple poster

Following in September with old friends of Capsule, the mighty TORCHE (ex Cavity whom I might add are one of my all time favourite bands and Floor), these guys are not to be missed and will be joined by PELICAN. Tickets will be on sale soon. In the meantime check out this film footage of Torche from a Chunklet show we had the pleasure of being at in Austen, Texas, it was a truely moving and sweaty experience and reminded us of why live music is so darn exciting! 200 kids squeezed into a 50 capacity warehouse space in 35 degree heat in the middle of no mans land.

and footage of the mighty Cavity RIP


Drowned In Sound name Supersonic “Best festival in the country”

“The closing applause is superb, and doesn’t want to allow itself to stop. I raise my hands as high as they will reach as the Germans raise theirs in appreciation. It’s a real moment, another to file beside the many that have come my way while enjoying what just might be, for real, the best festival in the country.”

Written by Drowned In Sound Editor Mike Diver
Read the full review on the website

Photos by Lucy Johnston
Efterklang at SupersonicOxbow at Supersonic FestivalHarmonia at Supersonic festivalAlexander tucker at Supersonic


Supersonic live recording – Oxbow Duo perform ‘Loves Holiday’

We are proud to put out our first vinyl release, taken from Supersonic 07. Oxbow Duo performing ‘Loves Holiday’ featuring Justin Broadrick (of Godflesh/Jesu), Stephen O’Malley (Sunn/Khanate/KTL), Dave Cochrane (Transistional/Head Of David) and Chipper.

Its a limited run of 1000

The sleeve art has been designed by Ben Javens with photographs by Mei
You can purchase the record from our shop for just £10 (heavy weight vinyl) These babies are flying out so don’t miss out!