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German synth-rock band Captain Capa Performing in Texas For the First Time

German synth-rock band Captain Capa Performing in Texas For the First Time

Captain Capa
Van’s Warped Tour
AT&T Center
Saturday June 14 Doors at 11am $50

German synth-rock group Captain Capa invades the United States this summer including San Antonio. The Van’s Warped Tour kicked off with a party in LA at Club Nokia on April 1. The festival shifts to full gear this week in Anchorage, Alaska then makes the short jump to Texas, stopping in San Antonio this Saturday. The Van’s Warped Tour annually brings a variety of bands to central Texas and this year is no different. Among the roster of punk, electronic and alt-rock bands is Captain Capa. A polished and electronic power-punk group with intense vocals and high energy beats. Their radio-ready song “Ikari (Where Do We Go Now)” off the recently released record Foxes fills us with earworms. PuroPinche contributor PunkSoda (Miles Terracina) conducted this super-awesome internet Q&A with Hannes:

PUNKSODA: What kind of music did you grow up listening to? Was music in the house, were your parents music listeners or was it something you had to find on your own?
HANNES: I grew up in a very musical household. My father did a lot of singer / songwriter stuff himself and my mother was a big fan of The Cure – so both of my parents always had a pretty good taste in music. I grew up with britpop-bands like Pulp, a little bit of punk rock or German singer songwriter records. When I went out to find my own music I went through the typical piles of trashy pop music before I discovered bands like Weezer or Jimmy Eat World.

P: When did you first learn an instrument? Did you take formal lessons or schooling?
H: The funny thing is that I never learned an instrument, Maik didn’t either, although he took a few tiny guitar lessons. It’s just that we always had instruments around at home – my dad would give me his old guitars to play around, my grandfather had this old tiny drumkit and my grandma used to have a keyboard around. I always just played with all of that stuff, not knowing what to do with it. It must have sounded horrible but I recorded all of it on cassettes and imagined I’d be a musician. Haha. I think the whole trial-and-error process finally led to how we’re writing music today. Sometimes I still feel like that kid playing around with all those instruments, figuring out what sound or melody I want to create.

P: What kind of music do you listen to now?
H:We’re both really open minded about our taste in music. We’re all about big melodies and great songwriting, no matter what the genre might be. Right now when we’re on tour our playlists are a mix of cheesy RNB stuff, Baths, Crystal Castles, Falling In Reverse, Glasvegas and a lot of 80’s inspired electronic stuff like Van She, Chromatics, FM Attack, etc.

P: Electronic music plays a different role in Germany than it does in the US, do you find German audiences respond different to your music than US audiences? What about different bands you’ve toured with? Ever notice “hey this opening band did really well back home, but here in the US …”
H:We’re not that familiar with US audiences, as we only ever played Warped back in 2012, but we’ve experienced US crowds as very open minded, euphoric people. German crowds can be very rewarding when they know who you are but they can be kind of hard to “catch” if you’re new to the business.

P: What kind of gear do you use in the writing/creation process?
H: We’re mostly working with virtual synths and plugins on a computer, with the addition of some hard-synths like the Microkorgs or some old, cheap gear like Grooveboxes, Yamaha keytar, etc. On our latest album “Foxes” we also did a lot of field recordings and fooled around with weird samples we collected on tour. We’re producing at home, very Lo-Fi with the FL Studio software and convert it to a better rig and Cubase when we’re hitting the studio.

P: How did you put the song Ikari together? Was a beat was created and then the vocal or..?
H: I actually wrote the lyrics on our last Warped tour in 2012. When we came home we wanted to make a song that will forever remind us about these times and give it an “american rock song” vibe. We wanted to have big guitars, a cheesy synth-hookline, sing-alongs and lots of drama. At first there was a very basic beat and the chiptune-like synth-hook, but it was always meant to be a guitar-driven song. It’s funny that you mention the song because it’s our favorite one to play live at the moment.

P: I love how the 8bit/chiptune tendencies exist alongside the guitars – Is that something you’ve been doing for a while?
H:Yeah, we always tried to combine what we love about other musical genres. We’re a little bit nostalgic and we grew up with tons of video games that still mean a lot to us, so we always try to bring a little 8 bit flair into our music. We believe that it’s something that could turn an otherwise pretty simple song into something unique and special – there’s just something magic about these nostalgic sounds.

P: How did you get involved with Warped Tour? 
H: We always wanted to go there as fans, when we we’re teenagers. So when the offer came from our American booking-agency to join the tour in 2012 we we’re simply shocked. Our time back then was so rewarding and amazing that we really wanted to go back this year and we couldn’t be happier that it actually worked out.

 P: Ever been to TX? What did you think? get to try the BBQ and Mexican food? (its amazing!)
H: We missed out on Texas the last time we we’re in the USA, so this time we’re actually staying four or five days in Texas to prepare for the tour. There are some amazing BBQ parties at Warped after show nights, but we’re definitely going to try some real Texan BBQ!  

 

 

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June 10th, 2014

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