Soundscape’s A-Z Of Bands: Capdown

Capdown 2011

This week our featured band is legendary ska band Capdown! Hailing from Milton Keynes, England, they play an unholy blend of ska, punk and hardcore, with a fierce political theme to their music.

Forming in 1997 as Soap, after a name change to Capdown (short for Capitalist Downfall) they released their debut album Civil Disobedience in 2000, a year which saw the band play over 250 gigs, and in 2001 a second album followed, Pound For The Sound, which basically picked up exactly where their previous offering left off.

After signing to Fierce Panda in 2003, two more EPs followed, along with a third full-length album entitled Wind-Up Toys in 2007, which saw a slight departure from the band’s original style with less emphasis on the sax and more of a punkier vibe, and although it was met with mixed reviews, in my personal opinion it’s a fantastic album that shows another side to the band.

Cousin Cleotis – Live

A band famed for their high-energy and generally mental live performances, it has to be said that this is a band that you can’t fully appreciate until you’ve witnessed them live, and when they announced that they would be splitting at the end of 2007, they came to the ‘end’ of their career in style with a run of UK dates for one last time.

However, this wasn’t truly the end of Capdown and the band have since reunited for a few shows, including Slam Dunk, Hevy Fest, Reading & Leeds and even some more headline shows! The shows are now few and far between, but if you happen to see they’re playing in your local area…go down and get involved!

Recommended tracks:
Pound For The Sound
Cousin Cleotis
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About Natalie Humphries 1854 Articles
Soundscape's editor, who is particularly fond of doom, black metal and folk (but will give anything a chance). Likes to travel to see bands abroad when she can. Contact: or @acidnat on twitter.

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