In 2011 I was browsing Last.fm for Post Metal and Post Hardcore album recommendations as it’s an exceptional place to discover obscure yet memorable bands. For example, say you were in the mood to hear something similar to Chicago’s Russian Circles, you could easily and instantly find a list of a hundred similar artists and contemporaries. For music seeker types like myself, it’s a virtual sonic goldmine.
Miami, Florida’s Capsule could very well be the best band I’ve personally uncovered by these means. Strangely enough, I found their sound reminded me of technical punk not unlike Strung Out or a Wilhelm Scream. After repeated listens this first impression was substituted by a sound more aligned with Dischord, Amphetamine Reptile, and Level Plane records type material.
Capsule’s 2nd album Blue did much to expand the band’s following outside of their home state of Florida. This was in part due to it’s release on well regarded art metal label Robotic Empire a ton of touring. The first couple of releases are exceptional but I present you with the argument that the band really hit their stride with their sophomore album No Ghost.
“No Ghost rides an inspiring duality, making Capsule outright peerless.”
I took a quick dive into Capsule’s discography it looks like these guys put out a shit load of releases in a short while. Check out their releases at the discogs link below:
2/4’s of 2/3’s of Capsule currently perform as Relapse records Helmet worshiping unit WRONG (speaking of first rate). In addition, Capsule shared membership at one time or another with Torche, Kylesa, Into the Moat, Jacob’s Ladder, and others. Based on the promo pictures the band used around the No Ghost era – Eric Hernandez ALSO played drums and sang when they performed live. This feat is actually absolutely bat shit fucking crazy if you consider how technical the instrumentation, playing, and execution is. No Ghost isn’t a true blue “Mathcore” or “Math Rock” record by any means. The arrangements are all over the map, often in odd time signatures, and seem to change in an instant. Despite these hallmarks of the math rock genre – one would be hard pressed to place Capsule in the same mold as say a band like Pittsburgh’s Don Cabellero. The instrumentation and musicality on No Ghost generates several jaw dropping moments and even a few “What the fuck is even going on/how do they even play that section” parts
like around the 2:25 mark of this track:
Or around the 10 second mark of this jam:
The songs on No Ghost foreshadow the stylistic shift that would occur two years later for the band but also seem to effortlessly own the various styles and approaches heard. It’s readily apparent the band didn’t just stumble on their unique hybrid of angular post hardcore and mathy, odd timed sludge. Rather, years and years of paying dues and touring Europe high on weed have yielded this greatness.
After their masterstroke No Ghost Capsule seemed to become less and less active over time. Their final release [A] was self released by the band. The promotional campaign included a whopping TWO facebook posts on the release date of April 20th, 2013, and that was it. In conclusion, I feel the following article may give the reader a bit of insight into just how important Capsule members Ryan Haft and Eric Hernandez are to their community and to myself and many others lucky enough to have discovered their work.