Captiva

We’ve often said that artists/bands are influenced by music well beyond the sounds created. It seems like now more than ever, bands find themselves locked into the sort of camaraderie that hasn’t been present since acts from the mid-to-late 70s. These artists seem to have a respect for others in the craft well beyond the music, and they have no problem outwardly showing their fandom. This only makes covering such acts all the more exciting.

Why do we mention this now? Because we recently got the chance to swap emails with Captiva while they were on the road (where they seem to be a lot actually). The Kansas City quartet bonded a little over two years ago, and the trajectory in which they’ve moved is inspiring/exhausting from an outsider’s perspective. You can hear this respect for their influences and each other as musicians on their self-titled EP (below).

The tracks on the EP each stand out as strong marks, but they complement each other with ease as well. We could go on and on about the pep behind “Chemicals” and “Road to Ruin,” and we could definitely pontificate on the mellow, pulled in atmospheres of “Sometimes” and “Stimulating Freeze,” but you’ll hear for yourself how everything speaks for itself both individually and as a whole throughout. It’s fitting given how the band seems to operate.

The meeting in detention story cracked me up. Were all four of you guys in detention by chance? Or what’s the story behind that?

The detention story always seems to get a good laugh. Patrick and Hank were in detention for untucked shirts and tardiness, and bonded over an afternoon of taking out garbage from the lunch room. Badass, right?

Do you remember which bands or music you bonded over? Or was it something else completely?

When we’re on the road, music is the only time killer for us, so we’re constantly showing each other new songs we’ve heard, or old tracks that inspired us growing up. We just bonded over our pure love for music, which has made us a family.

Fast forward to December 2015 – how did you go from that meeting to doing a festival circuit to now releasing this EP in such a short amount of time? And that doesn’t even mention the debut album!

Hard work and doctors’ notes from our parents (attendance wasn’t our forte in high school because who wouldn’t rather be traveling across the states playing music instead of learning how to add and subtract?). When Captiva formed in 2013, there was this element of passion and love for our music that we all developed immediately, so making this our career wasn’t even a question. It’s all fairly simple: we love what we do, and we love the work that goes into making it happen. It’s not a hobby, it’s a dream.

The EP feels more toes in the sand rather than banks of the Missouri River. Where do you all tend to look for inspiration? Also, how much does the shadow of the legendary KC music scene still hang over newer bands from there?

You don’t want to put your toes in the Missouri River, FYI. We look to so many different artists for inspiration, including Young the Giant, Twenty One Pilots, Mac DeMarco, Fleet Foxes, Vacationer, and The Grateful Dead. As far as the impact of the KC music scene goes, and it’s involvement with our writing process, we have a lot of respect for the bands that work their asses off and make honest music. Hembree is a major influence for us, and we always look up to those who came before us, but have definitely begun focusing our efforts in other areas and music communities across the country in an effort to expand our musical inspiration pool.

The tracks on the EP seem to be tempered and balanced really well. Where most bands might try for something sonically huge, you all look to manage it and reel it in. Is that the goal when you’re writing a song, or does it happen more fluidly?

Dynamics are key when approaching any part of the writing/recording process. The goal for each song is to tailor it to the “sound” it is geared towards. In other words, we never write/record a track with creative blinders on… we dissect every idea that is thrown on the table and see where it might fit in the structure of the song. When it comes time to lay the track down, that is when the song actually comes to life, physically and emotionally. EVERY track on the EP came out in a completely different manner than what we had originally planned. There is no script to how we record the song. If one of us plays something that we hadn’t practiced, and it sounds cool, we’re keeping it. “Road To Ruin” and “Chemicals” were tracked live with all four members playing in the room, because we wanted to convey the message of each song in the most raw way as possible. And there are so many nuances in each track that came out of nowhere, but fit so well that we kept them in there. Music, to us, isn’t a cookie-cutter process; if it feels good, then there you fuckin’ go. There’s the song.

Out of curiosity, anyone in the KC area (or anyone you’ve played with really) that we should be keeping an eye on?

Hembree recently released a new single called “Can’t Run Forever” and it is RAD. They’ve come a long way since their days as Quiet Coral, and those gentlemen deserve all the success that comes there way.

Finally, it looks like lots of touring and a re-mastered version of Basement Creations will be in store for 2016. Anything else on the docket?

More music, more shows, more parties, etc. Stay tuned and #StayBuzzed.