US - Vermont - Full Moon 105 - 04/24/05
The Capstan Shafts
Unreconstructed Lo-Fi Whore
Ladder the Christmas Monkey Records
Some time ago I received an e-mail from this guy Dean Wells asking if he could send us a cd for review. I said yes, and a few weeks later the Capstan Shafts'
6 song CDR mini album/EP Unreconstructed Lo-Fi Whore appeared. It seems Dean Wells is the Capstan Shafts, and the record was a pleasant suprise.
The Capstan Shafts has put out one (?) album, Chick Cigarettes (on Asaurus Records), as well as a fistful (at least 4) of EPs/minis with spectacular
titles: Demon Dog of the American Park Service (on Yellow Mica Recordings, a Swedish label based in Göteborg), Hopegetswheels, Ample
Tribes for the Sullen King Pounder, The Night Shrine of Well Groomed Lawns - the last three released by Ladder the Christmas Monkey label. Anyway,
let's get to the musical content, which is the main issue.
Six songs in just over 9 minutes, none of the songs over 2 minutes long. That's to the point. I sense some Guided By Voices influences here, both in the
music as well as the lyrics (and titles). GbV paired with Superchunk. And the attitude is lo-fi. 4 track. Not many retakes. Simple as that. "The Days Don't
Pass in Wonder" opens, and is the first sign of a songwriter with an ear fosr the catchy hooks necessary. "Half-Drunk and Assless" is a bit more angry sounding,
but yet with this playful touch. "Anniversaries of Genocides" is maybe the most fulfilled song among the sketch-like songs included on this CD. But also
"Landfill Dancers", "Cuddleparty Renegade" and "World-Hater Company Song" helps this mini become a very cool teaser.
Cheers to the The Capstan Shafts, I wanna hear some more!
Copyright © 2005 Håvard Oppøyen