Capdown - Pound for the Sound (Cover Artwork)
Staff Review


Pound for the Sound (2003)


Well, from the looks of things, someone on this site sure likes Capdown, and they're not afraid to show it with their potent use of the F5 key (here, give it a few more hits!). UK's ska-punk outfit sits at a comfortable number two spot in the "most popular reviews" top ten list with their debut full-length, Civil Disobedients, here at punknews. However, there is another album in the same genre more deserving of the recognition, if their new album has anything to do with it.

Their sophomore effort, Pound for the Sound, showcases a significantly harder sound, while expanding the palette by spicing up the main ska-punk ingredients with a combination of hardcore, reggae, dub, and soul. The eclectic mix of Operation Ivy dashes and Link 80 splashes are ever-present, while the lyrical themes are similar as well, in Capdown's push towards unity, equality, moral strength, and a positive reaction to negative world issues.

You have your rock songs ("Faith No More," "What Doesn't Kill You," "6-8-1"), your reggae songs with the heavy Jamaican accent, intentional or not ("Progression Vs. Punk Rock"), and your heaving helpings of horns ("Strength in Numbers," the title track). "Time to Get Out" sounds like the bluegrass-punk songs Guttermouth were trying back in the day, and actually shows the occasional Tomas Kalnoky-like speed of the vocals at their best.

If ska's dead, then these zombified blokes are just what music needs.