Band of the Day

2012.04.30

Capsula

Lethal sonic weapons of full-throttle Argentinian garage rock
You say it's better to burn, I say it's about to burn in your head!
lyrics from Voices Underground

Capsula is a garage rock/psych rock trio that first formed in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1998. The group consists of Martin Guevara on guitar and lead vocals, Coni Lisica on bass and backing vocals, and Ignacio “Natxo” Villarejo on drums. Their name, which is the Spanish word for “capsule,” comes from a line from the song “Space Oddity” by David Bowie. Alongside being influence by South American psychedelia bands like Os Mutantes, and less well-known bands from the '60s, Capsula takes influence from American and British glam, punk, and garage rock acts like The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, and Sonic Youth. Their debut album, Sublime, was released in 1999 on La Nena Records. In 2001, the band relocated to Bilbao, Spain. For the next several years, they released additional albums and spent time touring around the world. Their latest album, In The Land Of Silver Souls, was produced by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile, Dinosaur Jr.) and released on Krian Music Group/BCore in 2011.

“This is ground control to Major Tom/You've really made the grade/And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear/Now it's time to leave the capsule if you dare.” When David Bowie wrote this line in his 1969 hit, “Space Oddity,” he probably never imagined the impact it would have on a trio of Argentinian garage rockers thirty years later. That trio is Capsula (the Spanish translation of “capsule"), whose name is derived from the song. Besides paying homage to the god of glam rock with their name, Capsula even seem to take some fashion cues from Bowie. Lead singer/guitarist Martin Guevara has been known to perform in skintight red jeans, sparkly tops, and dark sunglasses that cover up copious amounts of guyliner. While Capsula's aesthetic seems to lean heavily on glam rock influences, their sound is not hidden behind a sparkly sheen. Since first forming in Buenos Aires in 1998, they've steadily put out a stream of albums; each and every single one a sonic weapon of blistering rock and roll. The most recent addition to their arsenal is 2011's In The Land Of Silver Souls. Opening track “Wild Fascination” is scuzzy and psychedelic, the kind of song you need to just close your eyes to and sway along with the rhythm of a shimmering tambourine. Guevara's vocal delivery on lines like “the sun will die before tomorrow/we'll head back on the side of the sun” might come off as lackadaisical at first, but it's more likely that he's just completely absorbed by the music and has been transported to another level. “Let's Run Away” is a heavy, blazing assault of pummeling drums, heavy bass, and scraping guitar strings. Though most of Guevara's vocals are buried beneath distortion and his distinct Argentinian accent, his message becomes loud and clear with repetitions of, “come closer and tell me what you feel.” He's taken on the role of a seducer, beckoning with his dangerously sensual voice. Capsula's dark and sexy rock and roll is the kind that's meant for bad deeds—because what fun is life if you don't live on the wild side every once in awhile?