Friday, April 25, 2008
All Hail Captain of Industry
In another nice move for Columbus label All Hail Records, they can now claim Dayton, Ohio super group Captain of Industry among its roster of experimental indie pop bands.
At first it wasn't clear to me what direction All Hail was going with its choices, but it has lately become a hotspot for off kilter indie pop. Like I said before, there are virtually no labels that will give indie pop bands a chance these days. But if you play punk, labels will track you down like drunk blondes.
From label co-founder Tony Clark:
All Hail Records has just signed Dayton, Ohio's Indie pop-rockers, Captain of Industry. The band spent the end of 2007 recording their new record in New York, and will be releasing it this June to coincide with their summer tour. The record is a natural extension of Captain of Industry's sound, mixing indie rock, pop songwriting, and just the right amount of experimentation to keep everything sounding brand-new. They've also recorded enough new material beyond the album for an EP that will hopefully see the light of day later in 2008 either from an official release or a free download. With all the new material and summer and fall touring plans, 2008 is looking to be a busy year for Captain of Industry.
"We're very excited about this deal," he said. "Their will be a full tour, including many Ohio dates and a radio promotion campaign."
In addition, he said to celebrate the release All Hail Records is going to press "a compilation that will feature 4 songs from Captain of Industry (two of those songs are previously unreleased material). The new comp will also have new songs from Take no Damage, Proper Nouns and if we are all lucky Paper Airplane."
• In other All Hail Records news, Friday, May 2nd is the official release date of The Proper Nouns' new album, "A Million Hurtful Things."
The record continues down the path started on the band's last record, "Birds and Butterflies", which was released by the quintessential Columbus indie label, Columbus Discount Records.
"A Million Hurtful Things" is full of The Proper Nouns' trademark brand of fuzzy pop, exploring elements of 60's British rock, pop, and psychedelia, which is channeled through a bouncy rhythm section, a mix of gauzy organ and guitar, and eloquently constructed vocal lines. All of this comes together to create a true pop masterpiece.
The band will be celebrating " A Million Hurtful Things" with a release show on Friday, May 2nd at Café Bourbon Street (2216 Summit Street, Columbus, OH). Filling out the bill will be RTFO Bandwagon and Heavy Mole. You can listen to songs from the new record on Myspace at www.myspace.com/thepropernouns and on our website at www.allhailrecords.com.
Look for the record on sale at local record stores and online at www.allhailrecords.com on Friday, May 2nd.
From what I've heard from the new Proper Nouns CD, this release has some of the band's best tunes yet. Really well-done stuff.