Before guitarist Davey Van Bohlen formed Promise Ring and singer and guitarist Tim Kinsella founded Joan of Arc, both played in this eclectic and unsung Chicago band. Cap'n Jazz deserve props not only for their gnarled, impassioned songs, but also for their diverse, stylistic approach. Instead of rooting their emotional expulsions in post-hardcore, the musicians expressed themselves in a more accessible alternative/indie rock framework. At the same time, Cap'n Jazz experimented with meter and dynamics, navigating angular moody paths on their way to emotional exorcism. This double-disc set contains the band's complete catalogue along with previously unreleased demos and live cuts from their hometown farewell show. It's a worthy find.
By Andrew Parks on 04.21.14 in News
In case you didn't get the memo, everyone's feeling a little bit emo these days. And while it may be easy to spot the growing number of 'revivalists' out there, American Football have decided to bring us back to the scen...
By Jonah Bayer on 02.01.12 in Lists
Emo is a difficult genre to define - namely because so few bands openly cop to being an "emo band." Certainly not Cloud Nothings, whose latest album, Attack on Memory shares so much DNA with mid-'90s emo pioneers, it's a...
By Jonah Bayer on 02.01.11 in Reviews
Before the Promise Ring, Davey von Bohlen and his high school friends were in a scrappy act called Cap'n Jazz. Unlike your high school band, they were actually good. The songs collected on Analphabetapolothology may not...
By Joe Gross on 10.27.14 in Features
The singer talks about why rugby players, Philly sports teams and fans of his old band are the worst.