Capsule coordinated a compilation CD of West Midlands acts to take to SXSW in Austin, Texas in 2006, this was commissioned by UK Trade & Investment to showcase West Midlands talent.
10 tracks were selected by Static Caravan, LittleBig and ATP.
Modified Toy Orchestra
Brian Duffy set the bar pretty high for the MTO, his remit was only to use discarded kid’s keyboards and talking toys to modify & circuit bend them beyond their original capabilities. These are perfect pop songs made from imperfect instruments.
Pram make beautiful, ethereal music which doesn’t so much evoke a distant time but a far away world, one full of wonder and ripe for discovery. A soundtrack to Victorian England as seen through the eyes of a Monte Carlo cocktail, haunting and mesmerising.
This beautiful track signals the arrival of a big new folk talent, this lovelorn, simple melody is perfectly complimented by a rich, world weary vocal that is as evocative as it is comforting & soothing.
Mixing live instruments and electronica is a difficult balancing act, but Krafla manage superbly, adding layers of depth and instrumentation to fragile song structures and delicate melodies.
D. Louis Baker
This track features a dark yet achingly sweet melody full of love, found, lost and found again. Incredibly atmospheric, a beautiful melody that is so simple that it’s hard to believe no one has used it before, thankfully for Mr. baker and us they haven’t.
These kids genuinely had to get this music out of their system by any means necessary, they literally bleed into their instruments, full of bittersweet emotion, and a heaving raw intensity that puts homogenised rock to shame, this heady, passionate punk rock racket isn’t afraid to confront its feminine side, leave it on show for all to see & rip it shreds.
In a world of conventional bands with conventional song structures its refreshing to find The Arm, discordant rhythmic time changes, throbbing bass and wild keyboards, with an intensity all their own they cut a unique voice in the world of instrumental post rock.
Have you ever wondered what a band comprised of the bastard offspring of John Carpenter and born into the heavy metal Mecca that is Birmingham would sound like? The answer would be this, clearly influenced by 70’s Italian zombie films they take the 3 chord punk ethos of yesteryear and apply it to synthesizers, electro beats and layers of noise to create a strain of mutant electronic doom.
The West Midlands has always had a knack of being on the cutting edge of metal whether its with the forefathers of the genre, Black Sabbath, the early thrash of Napalm Death or it’s newest hopes Sika Redem, who somehow manage to have more creativity in one ten minute track than most bands cover in a complete LP. Complex intricate rhythms combine with crushingly heavy riffs all containing a melodic edge that metal so often forgets about.
How do you sell rock n roll back to America? The answer quite obviously is Copter. It’s all about primeval garage rock with dirty blues riffs and a singer that doesn’t just talk the talk, but walks the walk and then some. This is the kind of track that would kick start that early morning house party come riot that memories are made of.