Though perhaps not yet well-known outside of their native Ventura County, Captions is preparing to roll out hard. A teaser single dropped on their Bandcamp in September of 2015, and caught attention for both breezy melodies and plaintive vocals. It had been understood that this was prelude to forthcoming LP, already ‘in the can’. A promising opening, to be sure, but even we weren’t prepared for what comes next.
Today Captions debuts their second single, “Recording Silence”, and it tops anything you might have expected. Shimmering and dreamy, there is a polished ease and slacker beauty to this single. Modern meets classic retro. Small flourishes swirl and collide, vocals soar, a time shift in the chorus keeps your attention locked, as Captions take you on a trip, starting on the 805 freeway and ending up in space.
Background? Captions is a four-piece shoegaze/dream pop band formed in the beginning of 2012 after a year of writing, jamming and interchanging band members. They wrote and recorded their first full-length album, ITERATIONS, in the winter of 2014-15. The group consists of John Figueroa (vocals/guitar), Adam Gangi (guitar/keyboard), Marcus Paquini (bass/vocals/keyboard), and Joshua Zacarias (drums/vocals/keyboard). Influences? The presser says “…they are influenced by everything from everyday interactions with both friends and strangers, to the near flawless snare drum tone on Radiohead’s ‘All I Need’.” Sounds like a winner to us!
Iterations is due late summer, with a tour of Southern California to follow. If “Recording Silence” is any indication, there will be pressure for a much wider tour.