VIDEO PREMIERE: Capowski’s “Wild Animals”
“Wild Animals” is the title track to the upcoming album by Albany rocker Capowski. Slated for release on Tuesday, June 2, it’s a loosely conceptual album, exploring the trajectory of a love affair. The title song is a reflection on desire — the kind of desire you feel for someone you want but don’t quite have. Musical influences for the album include Gang of Four, Buckingham Nicks, Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumors” and Psychedelic Furs.
The album was produced by the Furs’ John Ashton in an artist’s studio in Barrytown. “He made the album less clean. There’s atmosphere on it,” says Robert Capowski of Ashton’s in-studio approach.
A long-time fan of Gang of Four, Capowski mentioned to his former singing partner that Sara Lee of Gang of Four would be his ideal bass player for the record. And his singing partner said, “I know Sara. She’s my landlord.” (Lee owns property in the Hudson Valley.) So she signed on and recommended John Ashton as the producer. He agreed to do the recording (and also played guitar on it). Other players who joined in on the session include drummer Joe Magistro (Rich Robinson, Black Crowes), guitarist Jimmy Eppard (The Band), keyboardist Pete Levin and backing vocalist Simi Stone.
The video was produced by Pigsaw Productions of Saratoga Springs and shot mainly in Capowski’s Albany neighborhood of Ten Broeck, as well as in the CRUMBS studio with bassist Jeff Sohn and drummer Jamie Hurst.
The record release show for Wild Animals is slated for 9pm on Saturday, May 30 at Pauly’s Hotel in Albany. Admission is $5.