Capdown

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Capdown
Origin England
Genres Ska punk, Skacore, hardcore punk
Years active 1997–2007
2010–present
Labels Household Name Records
Gravity DIP Records
Fierce Panda
Members "Shakey" Jake Sims-Fielding
Robin "Boob" Goold
Keith Minter
Tim "Makkaz" Macdonald
Andrew "Eddie" Hunt

Capdown are a band from Milton Keynes, England. Originally known as Soap, their songs have political themes as alluded to by their name, which is short for Capitalist Downfall. Mixing ska, punk, hardcore, dub, drum and bass and reggae, Capdown built a reputation around their independent releases and numerous tours.

Career[edit]

Their debut album Civil Disobedients was released by London punk label Household Name Records in 2000, a year in which Capdown played nearly 250 gigs.[1] In early 2001, Capdown toured with a number of established American bands, including Less Than Jake[2] and didn't play the Deconstruction touring festival with Pennywise and Lagwagon.[3] In September 2001, Capdown released their second album, Pound for the Sound, receiving positive reviews from Kerrang![4] The following year saw tours with Bad Religion[5] and Hundred Reasons. In 2003 the band signed to Fierce Panda Records, releasing two EPs: Act Your Rage and New Revolutionaries. The band received critical acclaim for their live performances.[6]

The final line-up included: Jake Sim-Fielding (vocals and saxophone), Boob Goold (bass guitar), Keith Minter (vocals and guitar), Tim Macdonald (drums) and a new addition, Andrew "Eddie" Hunt (keyboards/samples).[7]

They released an album on 5 February 2007, entitled Wind Up Toys on Fierce Panda Records.[8]

The band split up after their final UK tour, which was due to be 9 November 2007, in their home town of Milton Keynes. However their 'final show' took place on 7 June 2008, at the Pitz club in Milton Keynes, following a 'warm up' at the Kingston Peel on 5 June 2008.

It was announced on 16 February 2010 through www.punktastic.com, that Capdown were to reform exclusively for the Slam Dunk festival, held in London and Leeds on the 29 and 30 May that year. However, the band have now played at the Rebellion Festival in Blackpool, between 4 and 6 August 2011. In addition, they appeared at Hevy Fest in Kent, between 5 and 8 August 2011 and at the Reading and Leeds Festival on 27 August 2011 (Reading) and 28 August (Leeds).

Other projects[edit]

Following the original demise of Capdown, both Goold and Macdonald worked on a new band, The Maccalites, alongside Simon Wells from Snuff/Southport.[9] Goold, Minter and Macdonald are also members of rock band This Contrast Kills and The GetGone.[10][11]

As of 2013 Tim Macdonald has been playing drums in the U.K Hardcore band Menshevik along with Steve Pitcher of Vanilla Pod, Dan Hawcroft previously of Whizzwood and Robert Dempsey of Mustard City Rockers.[12][13]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album title Label
2000 Civil Disobedients Household Name
2001 Pound for the Sound Household Name
2007 Wind Up Toys Fierce Panda

Singles[edit]

Year Title Label
2003 Act Your Rage Fierce Panda
2003 New Revolutionaries Gravity DIP
2006 Keeping Up Appearances Fierce Panda
2007 Surviving the Death of a Genre Fierce Panda
2007 No Matter What Fierce Panda

Music Videos[edit]

  • Act Your Rage (2003)
  • New Revolutionaries (2003)

Other releases[edit]

Year Title Label Notes
1999 Time for Change EP Household Name
2000 Split EP Household Name Split with Link 80
2001 Christmas Fisting EP Household Name Split with Hard Skin and Southport
2004 Live in Brighton Punker Bunker Live DVD; split with Rude Bones
2005 Live in M.K. Gravity DIP Live album
2007 Live EP Fierce Panda Live EP; included with some editions of Wind Up Toys and subsequently given away as a free download

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Capdown: Civil Disobedients". Household Name Records. Archived from the original on 8 December 2006. Retrieved 19 December 2006. 
  2. ^ "Capdown review". BBC. Retrieved 19 December 2006. 
  3. ^ "Anarchy in the UK". Metal Hammer magazine. Retrieved 19 December 2006. 
  4. ^ "Review:Pound for the Sound". Kerrang magazine. Retrieved 19 December 2006. 
  5. ^ "Capdown Support Bad Religion". Metal Hammer magazine. Retrieved 19 December 2006. 
  6. ^ "Somerset - Entertainment and Leisure - Review: Capdown". BBC. 8 March 2007. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  7. ^ "Capdown announce February tour and new album". Between Planets. Retrieved 10 February 2007. 
  8. ^ "Capdown return in 2007". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 10 February 2007. 
  9. ^ "Pick It Up Yo: Top Six Ska Punk Bands". KeepItFast. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  10. ^ The GetGone
  11. ^ "Interview with Capdown, 21 February 2010". Punktastic.com. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  12. ^ http://menshevik.bandcamp.com/music
  13. ^ http://www.facebook.com/menshevikband

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