"She Said" by The CaprinesReview
If you as big a fan of The Caprines (Ed Kimberley on drums, Dave Toulson on lead guitar, John Lindley on vocals and on rhythm guitar and Curtis McLellan on bass) as I am, you'll be as delighted by today's release of their new single, "She Said". This is their first since "Need A Friend" which was reviewed in these pages last September & which they kindly let us use in ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume Two'.
As infectiously catchy yet idiosyncratic as the rest of their oeuvre, the new track sinks its hooks into us from bar one and never allows us respite thence. This is most superior "weird post punk art pop" (their self description & one which through a combination of respect & inability to find a better one I'm happy to go along with) & had my toe tapping throughout. Had it been possible to write this review & dance I might even have done so. I just loved its constantly chiming guitars, skittering drums, driving bass & authentically unsettling vocals with the sort of no nonsense incisive guitar solo which you'll find amongst many of my favourite singles from the early 80s.
While its predecessor addressed more sombre contemporary themes, "She Said" reverts more to the timeless themes of relationships & varying perspectives of such, again taking more unusual approaches & more acute angles of observation.
Frankly this is pretty irresistible. It is original, like all their work, it stands out from other active bands, it sounds very radio friendly to me & should really get the crowd moving live: let's hope it proves the breakthrough this excellent group deserve. I said it last time, but I'll say it again: "..why are this band not better known than they seem to be?"
You can catch the band tonight (February 28th) at the Empire in Coventry with Danny Ansell & Co, The Merciful Wizards & Graves