My Sad Captains

My Sad Captains


My Sad Captains play pretty slacker pop, a blend of eloquent Americana and British indie sensibilities that makes for a strangely uncategorizable whole. Shimmering samples, clattering drums, and sweet harmonies embellish heartwarming songs that recall the off-kilter pop of Sparklehorse and Pavement.


Recorded in a warehouse in London's Seven Sisters but dreaming of the great American indie outdoors, My Sad Captains’ long anticipated debut album 'Here & Elsewhere' was released in June 2009 on the acclaimed Stolen Recordings (Pete and the Pirates, Let’s Wrestle).

Described by the Rough Trade Album Club as "a melodic indie pop classic in the making", it takes you along side roads and back streets, revealing its charms and becoming more satisfying the more time you spend with it. In an age of the transient, it's a record that's built to last.

Shimmering samples, clattering drums, sweet harmonies, and bursts of banjo and piano embellish Ed Wallis’ subtle and heartwarming songs, which echo the off-kilter pop of Sparklehorse, Pavement, Wilco and Elliott Smith.

They’ve performed at South By Southwest, The Great Escape and End of the Road, been played on the radio by the great and the good – as well as sessions for John Kennedy on XFM and Marc Riley on BBC6 Music, Steve Lamacq has made their last two releases his single of the week. Support has also come from Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1; Gideon Coe on BBC 6Music; Radcliffe and Maconie on BBC Radio 2; Nic Harcourt on KCRW’s influential Morning Becomes Eclectic show.

Named after a poem by Anglo-American writer Thom Gunn, the band consists of singer/songwriter Ed Wallis, younger brother Jim (drums, singing), Nick Goss (guitar, samples), and Jack Swayne (bass guitar). The album was recorded by Paul ( Stolen ) Jones.

‘One of the capital’s best kept secrets’ – The Fly

'Slacker indie-pop sensibilities that herald an inevitable radio takeover' – Uncut

'Yo La Tengo’s indie-pop savvy, pavement at their sweetest, and a touch of broken social scene'- DrownedinSound

'English pop songwriting with a charming nonchalance and great taste in jumpers' –Rockfeedback


Bad Decisions - Single (Fortuna POP! FPOP74)
All Hat and No Plans/Great Expectations (Double A Side 7"/Digital Single, White Heat Records OPE030)
A Change of Scenery (Digital Single, Stolen Recordings)
Good to Go - (Digital Single, Stolen Recordings)
Here & Elsewhere - Album (Stolen Recordings SR027)
Ghost Songs - EP (Stolen Recordings SR033)

Set List

1. Gift Horses
2. All Hat and No Plans
3. You Talk All Night
4. Told You So
5. Meta
6. Here and Elsewhere
7. A Change of Scenery
8. Bad Decisions

8-9 songs - approx 35mins