The underground music scene has boomed in 2016, with some of the best new bands emerging with innovative and exciting sounds by taking nostalgic inspiration from 90s grunge and alternative rock. The popular throwback style of incorporating once forgotten styles has driven freshness into genres that were thought to be dead, and given them a new lease of life, but the Underoath era of early noughties emo post-hardcore is surely too outdated to warrant a revival. Right?
Well, Southern Californian boys Capsize are back and have ditched their hardcore roots to bring a sophomore record that would rival Scary Kids Scaring Kids and Finch in their prime.
Daniel Ward has emerged as a true star on ‘A Reintroduction…’ with a new range to his vocal ability; the frontman is taking on singing as well as his previous screaming and growling. ‘Tear Me Apart’ even has Ward sounding like Bert McCracken on a track that would slot effortlessly into The Used back catalogue.
Although there’s melody thrown in that we haven’t seen the band experiment with in quite the same way before, there’s just as much aggression and anger as there was previously. ‘XX (Sew My Eyes)’ and ‘One Day I Won’t Be So Easy To Forget’ are as gritty as they are heavy, with downtuning and distorted guitars allowing the gloomy atmosphere to dictate the mood.
‘A Reintroduction: The Essence Of All That Surrounds Me’ gets better with every listen as you’re able to dissect the album further when each track becomes more familiar. Yes, the nostalgic appeal makes the record more appealing, but Capsize have produced a relevant album in a world that nobody else is doing right now. A bold move by the Californians that has paid off massively. Songs like ‘I Think It’s Best We Don’t Talk Anymore’ and ‘The Same Pain’ have more direction and purpose than anything the band have done before.
Written by Mike Heath (@MikeBeef)
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