Capillary Action (band)
Capillary Action was an American avant-rock/experimental music group formed at Oberlin College in 2004 by Philadelphia native Jonathan Pfeffer, the group's sole constant member, and active until 2012.
Capillary Action's self-described “confrontational cubist-pop” was characterized by an unusual blend of acoustic timbres; complex, constantly shifting meter; and Pfeffer’s 12-tone and Philly soul-inspired baritone vocals. The lyrics often employed autobiographical themes to critique power structures. Pfeffer cites Tropicália, Dizzee Rascal, Tim Buckley, the Batman Forever soundtrack, Need New Body, Joe Matt, the Minutemen, Converge, Ornette Coleman, and Scott Walker as major influences.
The group performed extensively across North America and Europe alongside Joe Lally, The USA Is a Monster, The Max Levine Ensemble, Už jsme doma, Lightning Bolt, Dirty Projectors, Deerhoof, Les Claypool, Rhys Chatham, Shudder to Think, and Dos, among others.
- So Embarrassing - 2008 (US), 2009 on Discorporate (EU)
- Capsized - 2011
- Official site
- Facebook page
- Pitchfork review
- Exclaim review
- PopMatters feature
- WFMU Interview
- Boston Phoenix Article
- Skyscraper Interview
- Gothamist Interview
- Subba Cultcha Interview
- Tokafi Interview[permanent dead link]
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