Capital Road
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Capital Road


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"Capital Road - Little Child"

So after my Pete Francis Live Music Friday post, an email hit my inbox telling me that I should check out some tunes from Capital Road, as I may like their music. And you know what? I really do.

Now, my love for Dispatch is no secret. One of my favourite bands of all time, Dispatch will always have a soft spot in my heart. And when they broke up, I thought I would never hear music such as their’s again. And then came along Capital Road.

Now, don’t get me wrong. It’s early days yet in our relationship, and I’m not saying that Capital Road can fill Dispatch’s shoes, by any means; the guys still have a lot of maturing, as a band, to do before we get to that stage. But I definitely feel something there, an ember that might become a flame.

Fact is though, that the fact that these boys sound exactly like Dispatch (and I’m not kidding here, close your eyes and you could picture yourself listening to early Dispatch) is going to be a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing, in the fact that they’ll find a ready-made audience, in old Dispatch fans like me, that are desperate to hear anything that reminds us of Pete, Chad and Brad. But it’s also a curse, in that they’re going to have to be careful not to fall into that trap forever; otherwise they might become something of a tribute band, and I can sense that there’s so much more to offer from Capital Road, so I really hope that they’re cognisant of that fact.

The song below, “Little Child”, is taken from their “It’s All Gravy” EP, which is out now. I’ll be watching these guys with interest. - Matt Burgess (


It's All Gravy EP (2007)



Capital Road is an alternative rock band (or roots-rock band, or folk rock band, or reggae-rock band, or just plain unclassifiable band) from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They recently released their debut EP, It's All Gravy, and have been playing shows together since 2007, sharing the stage with national recording artists like The Honorary Title and Sister Hazel. The band is spearheaded by lead singer and rhythm guitarist Brad Hammer, his unstoppable front line of lead guitarist, Joe Franz, and bassist, Zach Reed, and drummer Jonah Toepfer holding it down and driving from the backseat.

Constantly creating new ways to change the musical landscape, the members of Capital Road mix influences from artists such as Of A Revolution, Dispatch, Dave Matthews Band, and John Mayer to create a brand new style of music, something that they can call their own. From the war-inspired story, Little Child, to the upbeat melodies of My Side, Capital Road is constantly evolving and building upon their musical style, giving any fan a new and refreshing listening experience.