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The Capstan Shafts

"Ample Tribes For Sullen King Pounder" CDR EP

Ladder the Christmas Monkey Records

Genres: lo-fi, indie pop, bedroom pop

June 6 - 12 2005

Information is limited about The Capstan Shafts, a one-man lo-fi act with a penchant for GBV and Pavement style short pop songs and ridiculously homemade CD packaging.  Doing our research, it becomes apparent that TCS is actually Dean Wells, a Vermont-based home-recorder with an album out on Asaurus and a love of Bob Pollard (whodathunkit?)  This EP was recorded on four-track, and features six infectious tracks of straightforward indie pop.  "Posters for Cats Disappeared" opens the disc in a vaguely raunchy, jumpy vein - it is surprisingly no-holds-barred for a lo-fi tune, but it's incredibly catchy nonetheless.  "Dukes of the Ugly Sound," meanwhile, sounds like it's straight off of Under The Bushes, Under The Stars, and "Feed Me Flowers" has a nice, laidback sort of groove to it.  Though not perfect all the way through, this is still a really nice EP from one of the lo-fi CDR scene's new up-and-comers.  Available for two dollars from the Asaurus distro, you can't really go wrong with Ample Tribes.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 6 tracks, distributed by Asaurus, released 2005]