Japan - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 25 - 11/04/98
A band with the kazoo in the line-up can't be wrong, right? Japanese quartet
Capsule Giants present their third album - Hello Heroes - which is an album
containing indie-type pop-charm, including melancholy and naivety, but also a sense
Capsule Giants play around the paths of English bands of the (late) 70's and the
80's, like The Monochrome Set (listen to Your White Deer, and you know what I
mean), Felt, and Television Personalities (slightly), with some flashes from 60's
Psychedelia. Hello Heroes starts with the 4-second On; just imagine
turning on a Mac. Then comes Prologue (Take Off), which is a space-effected
jet-plane taking off, taking us to the pop-spheres where the Capsule Giants operate
from. Equipped with guitars, bass, organ, piano, drums, keyboards, not forgetting
the kazoo, they produce a nice bunch of catchy and jangly guitar-pop.
The album was recorded in the US, perfectly by analog equipment, guided by the
engineering skills of Dustin Reske (of Rocketship). Most of the material is written
by vocalist/guitarist (rhythm?) Reo Yokomizo, but also guitarist Daisuke Sakai and
the rhythmical duo has contributed to the song-writing. Drummer Kazuoki Kajiwara has
even got a drum-solo track! Yes, that's true; Space Matt Drumming, Space Matt Driving
is 2 minutes and 20 seconds in "Drum-o-rama", and the only drum-solo I can recall being
presented on a studio album (Heavy Metal not included!).
Best tracks on the album are: Mom, Dad & Monster (with a guitar-riff used a
thousand times before, but still being way cool), Red Stone (complete with a
ba-ba-bah chorus), and the title-track. Of course the album closes with Epilogue (Landing),
taking us down to let us out again, safe on the ground.
Capsule Giants send special thanks to Buffalo Daughter and Pavement among others. I'd like to
thank Capsule Giants for a fine album. And I'd like to say "thank you...not!" to the person in
charge of the cover design, who has chosen that awful, almost unreadable font! If I've misspelled
some names and titles, you know who's to blame.
Copyright © 1998 Håvard Oppøyen