Capillary Action (band)
- This article is about the band, capillary action. For the physical phenomenon, see Capillary action.
|Years active||2004– present|
|Past members||Dan Sutherland
Capillary Action's music is characterized by its emphasis on structure, density, lush orchestration, disjointed melodies, distinctive chord progressions, and wide dynamic range. There is often a carefully constructed philosophy underpinning each release. Pfeffer cites Tom Ze, Mercedes Sosa, Shudder to Think, Ornette Coleman, Postcard Records, Converge, Rogerio Duprat, Jorge Ben, Bartók, Charles Ives, and Scott Walker as major influences.
Capillary Action has exhibited a strong DIY ethic, inspired by SST-era punk, releasing records on its own label Natural Selection Records and touring relentlessly. The group has performed across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Europe alongside Beirut, Dirty Projectors, Deerhoof, Les Claypool, Rhys Chatham, Shudder to Think, Joe Lally, and Dos, among many others.
In 2011, Capillary Action performed at Willisau Jazz, Primavera, Poprevo, Rumor, and Budějovický Majales Festivals.
While the group has been based at various points in its career in Oberlin, Ohio; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Seattle, Washington; and Brooklyn, New York, as of 2011, Capillary Action's current members—percussionist Colin Hacklander, double bassist Michael Harrist, accordionist Julian Chin, and trumpeter John DeHaven (Bon Iver)-- are spread across Brooklyn, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Boston.
- So Embarrassing - 2008 on Natural Selection (US), 2009 on Discorporate (EU)
- Capsized - 2011 - Natural Selection
- Official site
- Facebook page
- Myspace page
- PopMatters feature
- WFMU Interview
- Boston Phoenix Article
- Skyscraper Interview
- Gothamist Interview
- Subba Cultcha Interview
- Tokafi Interview
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