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Captain Kidd

Columbus, Ohio, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | SELF

Columbus, Ohio, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2016
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Cleveland Heights, Ohio, United States

Cleveland Heights, Ohio, United States



"EP Premiere: Stream Captain Kidd's "Good Life""

By Ben Yung

When it comes to music, Cleveland, Ohio is most associated with being the home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It does, however, have a pretty cool music history, being the hometown of artists like Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails), Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Cloud Nothings, and The Lighthouse and The Whaler. A band readying themselves to stand alongside these great acts is Captain Kidd.

Comprised of five friends who formed Captain Kidd while attending Ohio State University, the quintet is getting set to release their second EP, Good Life, which represents a big leap forward. While the young five-piece still reflect on love, heartbreak, and the one who got away, Nathan Baumgard, Eric Blaha, Andrew Gutierrez, Stew Weinland, and Nick Samson have used the 18 months between albums to fine tune their sound and improve their songwriting. The lyrics tell fuller stories while musically the band is influenced by the ’80s to add more emotion and power to their music. Unlike Captain Kidd the EP, Good Life is less of a dance album and more of a thoughtful and stunning album – from the cool and vibrant “Dreamachine”; the Work Drugs-esque title track; the surprisingly, slow-building electro-pop of “Summer Dress”; and the anthemic, dance-infused “Smoke & Mirrors”.

As a result of these improvements, they should – and already have – garnered more attention by both bloggers and music fans. Determine for yourself if these changes are for the better by listening to an exclusive stream of Good Life below. In addition, Eric Blaha has shared some remarks for each of the album’s four songs to provide some perspective on how each song developed.

Good Life officially drops on Friday, October 16 and you can pre-order it at iTunes and Amazon. - The Revue

"SoundCheck update: OSU's Captain Kidd releases 'Good Life'"

By Kristin Musulin

Since they were first featured in USA TODAY College’s SoundCheck column last fall, Captain Kidd — a funky indie-pop band from Ohio State University — has spent the past year proving themselves as one of the hottest up-and-coming bands in the state of Ohio.

In honor of the release of their newest single, Good Life, we caught up with band members Eric Blaha and Nathan Baumgard to discuss their newest music, their plans for an upcoming music video and even their dream music festival lineup.

Question: How have things with Captain Kidd been since we spoke with you last?

Answer: We’ve been busy recording, practicing and writing along with school. We picked up some vintage synthesizers in the past few months and you’ll be able to hear them on this track and on our upcoming EP. We have been constantly jamming and adding the synths to our set, making it so that we all have active roles in that respect.

Q: You’ve finally released your newest single, Good Life! What was the inspiration behind the song?

A: Good Life was initially inspired by one of our good friends, Tanner Liptrap. A few years back he was going through a rough breakup and he was driving a couple of us up to Taco Bell in his super retro-looking car. There wasn’t anything particularly special or funny about the situation, but he was pretty upset and driving like a maniac and the moment always stuck with [us] for whatever reason. I guess the song is just about some of the stupid stuff people do to cope when they’re feeling depressed.

Musically, the song is pretty heavily influenced by some of the new synthesizer equipment we’ve been messing around with; we wanted to make something that was ambient but still fairly dance-able.

Q: What can we expect from your upcoming EP?

A: We have two more originals on the EP in addition to Good Life, as well as a pretty different take on a Drake song [that] we put together. The EP as a whole is pretty upbeat like our last EP, but we’ve definitely branched out a little in terms of our production style and use of the additional synthesizers.

Q: Will we see another awesome music video anytime soon?

A: Yes, we have a few ideas in the works, we’re just building a team to make our ideas come to life. We’re still going to stick with making fun videos. One of [our] favorite ideas now even has Stew [Weinland] dressed as Barry Gibb, emerging from a closet to grant the star of the video dancing powers. We’re trying to make it very out there.

Q: How pumped are you to play the Fashion Meets Music Festival in September with so many amazing artists?

A: It’s wild that [we] saw Young the Giant at Newport Music Hall — one of our mid-sized rooms in Columbus — a few years back and now we get to play with them. The shows are going to be absolutely insane. Last year, we played at the afterparties for Fashion Meets Music Festival and those easily made for some of the best nights of the summer.

Q: Speaking of the festival, which artists would you pick for a dream festival lineup?

A: This is all wishful thinking obviously, we have totally put no thought into it at all: The show opens with an acoustic set by Flight of the Conchords. After, Tame impala will jam out, followed by another Outkast reunion. Immediately after Outkast closes with Ms. Jackson, Prince will float up to the stage. He’ll be backed by The Revolution and they play all the classics while acting out scenes from Purple Rain.

Q: As you guys (or most of you) approach graduation, what are your plans for Captain Kidd?

A: Most of us have another semester or more of school left here in Columbus, so we all have jobs lined up for this summer. We definitely plan on spending a majority of the summer jamming out in our musty house; we already started working on new material and are planning for our next album. [We] cannot wait to graduate so we can focus on making and playing music, because it’s what we love doing most. This is our life and what we love to do. - USA Today

"Student musicians ‘try hard’ and win spot in Firefly lineup"

By Sallee Ann Ruibal

For two hours on Friday afternoon, members of Captain Kidd cooped themselves up in guitarist Eric Blaha’s room. Voting for the Firefly Big Break competition ended at noon. The competition would give the band with the most fan-votes an opportunity to play the four-day festival that takes place in Dover, Delaware, the weekend of June 18.

On Friday, it was down to two bands.

Winners were to be announced at 2 p.m., leaving Captain Kidd waiting and constantly refreshing Firefly’s Twitter page.

“What they did to us was totally cruel,” said bassist Andrew Gutierrez. “Suspense was killing us.”

At 2 p.m. exactly, Firefly tweeted that the band was the newest addition to the festival’s lineup — a lineup that includes acts such as Paul McCartney, Kings of Leon, Snoop Dogg and Morrissey.

The members of Captain Kidd — all Ohio State students — proceeded to freak out.

“It was a Kodak moment,” Blaha said.

For a little over a week, the band hustled for votes. They created a Facebook event, inviting people to vote for them. They sent mass Facebook messages, prompting the site to ask them several times if they were bots.

“We went nuts for votes, like, we were total try hards,” Blaha said.

The band, however, entered the contest on a last minute whim when drummer Nick Samson submitted Captain Kidd an hour before the competition’s deadline for entries.

Going up against deadlines is something the band is familiar with as they try to find harmony between being musicians and being college students.

“There’s this looming battle between me and my academic career,” said Blaha, a fifth-year in logistics. “I’m doing fine. I’m passing every one of my classes. But I’m seriously running into class, getting everything in last second, sweating profusely as the professor greets me like ‘Thank you. Five minutes late.’”

Gutierrez, a third-year in arts management, agrees, noting that, “it’s definitely not a total balance — maybe a little more focused on the music aspect.”

But the band is grateful for all that OSU has offered them.
“Opportunity wise, its huge,” Blaha said. “There’s so many people here, we have so much support from the college and it’s really cool that we got to play Welcome Week and Buckeyethon and we continue to get asked to play stuff.”

The band notes that in the year since playing Welcome Week, they’ve grown and evolved. For example, their sound now has psychedelic influences — Tame Impala and Flaming Lips being band favorites.
In the past year, the band has also revised their live set.

“Basically you look at your songs and are like ‘Okay, where is a part we can elaborate on? What part can we have a good time with?’” Blaha said. “So we add in parts to make it more fun live for everybody.”

Everybody at Firefly will have the opportunity to hear the OSU musicians when the festival takes place in June.

“Tens of thousands of people go (to Firefly) every day,” Blaha said. “It’s gonna be huge for exposure for us.” - The Lantern

"I Heart Moosiq"

Are you ready to dance with Captain Kidd? The five piece indie-pop/alternative rock group craft up some delicious electric grooving tunes on their EP ‘Good Life’ and this last track on it ‘Smoke & Mirrors’ is my favorite. They won the Big Breakout Contest for FireFly Music Festival this past June and it’s honestly not hard to see why. - I Heart Moosiq

"Captain Kidd Releases Synth Pop"Good Life" EP"

Indie band Captain Kidd released new EP “Good Life” today with a quenching sound of feel good synth pop. Four tracks on the EP include lead song “Dreamachine” (listen below), title track “Good Life,” “Summer Dress,” and “Smoke & Mirrors.” The tracks possess funky dance music beats with 80s sounding pop vocals. Highlight song “Summer Dress” has a time warp vibe taking you back to dance clubs of yesteryear and is a taste of the psychedelic flare to Captain Kidd music.

The band is comprised of five friends Nick Samson (drums),Nathan Baumgard (vocals / guitar), Eric Blaha (guitar), Stew Weinland (keys), and Andrew Gutierrez (bass), that attend Ohio University State University.

The “Good Life” EP is four tracks of light up the night music that belongs on every college student’s party playlist. - Life of a Rockstar

"Firefly Music Fest: Light and Sound"

Lets re-live Firefly Music Festival 2015!!!!! Check out everything from our featured artist interviews, who’s live onstage, and camping life in our featured article on! See the photos below!

Photography by: LDO Photography

Artists featured include: Snoop Dogg, AWOLNATION, Hozier, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Sublime With Rome, Paul McCartey, Captain Kidd and Viv and the Revival

Featured Artist Interviews

“Made up of five students from The Ohio State University, Captain Kidd is an indie pop/alternative dance group influenced by acts such as Arctic Monkeys and MGMT. After releasing their self-titled debut EP in February of 2014, the band performed at major music festivals around the Midwest, including Ohio University’s #12Fest. They are currently in the process of recording for their second EP.” (Band’s official bio)

Hear what Captain Kidd has to say about being at firefly and growing as a band: Link to video interview - Broken Records Magazine


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Propelled by their first single "Freaky Love", the band has continued to explore their unique sound, meshing together psychedelic synthesizers and ambient guitars with driving dance beats. 

Captain Kidd released their self-titled debut EP in February 2014, followed by a series of supporting shows with Wiz Kalifa, Reel Big Fish, Capital Cities, and Betty Who. In April 2015, the band released the single "Good Life" which first premiered on USA Today. After a huge summer in which they won Firefly Music Festival's Big Break Competition, Captain Kidd released their sophomore EP "Good Life" in October 2015. The band is currently working on their first full length album.

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