Double Record Release Party for Capitle Tonight
Capitle was arguably Albany’s first true hardcore punk band – brash, bristling and often bashing through tunes that could only be timed in seconds rather than minutes. Led by Jim Romano on the microphone, the band banged their way through two DIY cassette-only releases back in the early ’80s. But other than a few tracks on Greater Nippertown compilation albums, Hudson Rock and Live at 288, they never made it to vinyl.
The band – which was resurrected three years ago to headline a memorial concert for former bassist Phil Samuels – is headed into Pauly’s Hotel in Albany tonight to celebrate the release of not one, but two debut slabs o’ vinyl. The seven-inch EPs Greatest Hits Vol. 1 and Melodies of Capitle find that Romano and his current crew – guitarist Rob Paley, bassist Geoff Ryan and drummer Jared Krak – haven’t changed their sound much over the years.
There are 13 songs between the two EPs, most of them old faves from the band’s ’80s heyday. Four of those tunes clock in at under a minute, and none of them breaks the two-minute mark. Who’s got time to listen longer than that, eh?
Tonight’s record release party promises to be quite the extravaganza. In addition to Capitle’s hot-wired performance, the evening’s festivities will feature Murderers Row, Early Grabs, DJ Johnny OH!, burlesque acts and go-go-girls including Scooter Pie, Maxine de la Obscene, Redd d’Noir and Chevie Supernova.
Doors open at 8pm, and admission is $5; $10 with EP; $20 with EP & t-shirt.