Aficionados of a certain age will see the name The Capitols and would be tempted to think it’s the Soul group who gave the world Cool Jerk – but no. This Capitols were a very short lived band from Birmingham who were around less than a year, recorded one single and this sole session for John Peel on March 24, 1987.
Two hurdles – one; no photos, save for the one on the flip side of the single. Two; nothing comprising a bio on the band. And to add to the frustration, the made-up names of the band members made tracking down who went on to do what pretty impossible.
But I was able to find a blog post from a newly minted fan who had just discovered their solitary single and was pretty enthusiastic about it. The review prompted a response from Pete Byrchmore, one of the founding members of Cake Records, The Capitols label – so I thought I would share that with you:
Thanks for your piece on the capitols. I am Pete aka The Tank, ex Nightingale and Rumblefish guitarist and I used to Run cake records with fuzz Townshend who was the pigbros drummer – later with pop will eat itself. Capitols were v short-lived – possibly less than a year and this single and the peel session was all we did. Me n Maria were in rumblefish at the same time and I also did a band with mighty mighty singer Hugh harkin called Belfast Cowboys who made an album called Relief. The woman on the sleeve worked in a pub we frequented, the sleeve was hand assembled hence being crap!
Two years later I was signed to virgin with ex gales singer Robert Lloyd and these days I play in Manchester punk band gold blade who’ve made a lot of records. Also play in 80s noise types The Membranes. God loves a trier.
It may not be a full-fledged bio of the band, but it’s certainly something to go on. The Capitols, it would appear, were capable of much more than being an obscure footnote. Check them out.