Capdown – Live

London King’s Cross Water Rats
15/3/06

Hats off to the folks at Gravity DIP Records for putting on this show; it’s a line-up that certainly warrants leaving the house on a freezing Wednesday night. Kill Kill Disconnect’s propulsive indie rock is a welcome treat for the early birds, but it’s Boom In The Diamond Industry who really get the party started, mixing up scratchy guitars with supremely addictive grooves on anthems-in-waiting like ‘The Gift’. It’s still early days for the ‘Industry boys, but they’ve got confidence and tunes in spades, and even manage to get most of tonight’s previously static crowd dancing. Awesome stuff.

Next up is Kingston’s very own folk-pop troubadour Dave House whose heartfelt but often witty tales receive some much deserved crowd accompaniment. Plus, it’s always nice to be reminded that a handsome young man with an acoustic guitar need not equal James Blunt-esque blandness.

“We’re still here, and we’re more up for it than ever!” announces Capdown frontman Jake, three songs into their set. He does not lie; the band clearly relishing the intimacy of the venue as the sold-out crowd goes seven shades of apeshit.from the start.

If ska-punk’s popularity is on the wane, then this lot either don’t know or (more likely) don’t care, because the clutch of new songs aired tonight boast even more righteous ska-core firepower than the storming renditions of ‘Act Your Rage’ or ‘Cousin Cleotis’ – if that’s possible. Make no mistake: Capdown are back with a vengeance, and you’d be a fool not to pay attention this time

Alex Gosman