The Capes

The Capes


Turning heads of the A&R fraternity in the UK, the Capes shape up like 5 cool south London scamps whose magic pop tunes have already seen them likened to acts such as XTC, The Beach Boys and The Super Furry Animals


The Capes, those westcoastelectropunkpoppers from South London, emerge at last from some dusty old studio sessions with a batch of fantastic new recordings in their grubby little hands.

Already receiving accolades from the UK tastemakers NME and Steve Lamacq (Radio 1) amongst others for their debut EP "I Write The Wrongs" and their blissed out second single "Regional Heats" on London independent Outafocus Recordings (Medium 21, Jim Reid’s Freeheat) the bands sound echoes influences from artists as diverse as The Super Furry Animals, The Olivia Tremor Control, The Beach Boys and XTC, some of which they have already been favourably compared.

They like to describe themselves though as "lo-fi pop" which is just a handy catch-all way of saying they like buzzsaw guitars, squelchy old analogue synths, and lovely West Coast harmonies.

The first two releases were recorded by respected producer Brian O’Shaughnessy (My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream, Denim) at his Bark Studios and at the bands’ own studio space in Camberwell.

The band are currently working on new material with producer Lenny Franchi who has worked with artists such as Bjork, The Music, British Sea Power, the fruits of which are already impressive listening.


"I Write The Wrongs" EP

"A crafty combination of lo-fi krautrock, Americana and grungy garage punk. There’s some splendid songwriting here…" Single of the Week, The Independent

"This power pop funfest is sharp-sounding and sexy, full of exuberance and a tune to die for…Hats in the air and cigars all round fellas…" Gary Crowley BBC London 94.9FM

"With sweet harmonies and a quirky melodic touch, The Capes are a small ray of sunshine. As the title track proves, writing decent pop tunes is something that these Londoners are speedily learning to do" Rock Sound Dec 2002

" of the finest Eps I have heard for a long, long time" review

"Regional Heats" single

"…Brian Wilson going postal in a Toys R Us megastar…honeyed harmonies, Fisher Price keyboards and noises that sound like slinkys being unraveled. Laavely"
NME Single Review Aug 2003

"…a brand of pop that would have been at home in the true era of lo-fi; think what Super Furry Animals might have created under George Martin’s guidance in Abbey Road. It’s not retro, it’s timeless…" Logo Magazine Aug 2003

Featured on Steve Lamacq’s ‘New Favourite Band Slot’

The Capes rattle through a set of amphetamine F-11 rock mini classics…
….you know the Capes have everything….hurt, betrayal and desire. Their crusade starts here."
Paul Moody, NME Live review 23 Aug 2003


2002: I Write The Wrongs EP (Outafocus Recordings)
2003: Regional Heats (Outafocus Recordings)

Set List

Typical Setlist:

Ein, Zwei, Drei
Shinjuku Hi 5ive
Hey Buccaneer
Dead Lights
In The Morning
Regional Heats
Galaxy Fraulein

Set Length: 30 minutes