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Interviews: Capra

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Metal/Hardcore band Capra, from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

Tyler is what you might call a From Software junkie. He fought a Capra demon in Dark Souls, thought “’CAPRA’ sounds fuckin sick,” capitalized all the letters, and here we are. A few of our songs come from Souls type games. Red Guillotine is the name of a sword in Salt & Sanctuary.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

I don’t think we chose it. We’ve all played in various rock genres but with this project I think we all are focusing on being as heavy as we can be while maintaining our old DIY ethics. Doesn’t hurt that we keep meeting other upcoming hardcore groups that are rad as fuck which makes us wanna write another hardcore song.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

For the most part, yeah. Tyler and Jeremy have been knowing each other since they were teens and have been in a number of bands together. Ben played in few punk and hardcore projects that regularly played shows with Tyler and Jeremy’s projects so there was a relationship already established when they called him in to fill in on bass. Crow has been an upcoming artist in our scene from her own previous projects so she was on the short list of people we wanted to front us. Short answer, yeah, because we all go to shows and played shows with each other before.

4. Each band member favorite band?

Oof. Tough question.

Ben – Ever? The Clash. Our genre? Kid Dynamite

Tyler – Ever? Rush. Our genre? Every Time I Die

Jeremy – Ever? Eagles. Our genre? Norma Jean 

Crow – Ever? Black Sabbath. Our genre? Midnight

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Negative energy looking for a positive outlet, kids needing something to mosh to, video games, our personal struggles, anyone looking to help their community/scene however they can, people willing to sacrifice for the benefit of others, people who don’t suck.

6. Where was your last gig?

Freetown Boom Boom Room with Today is the Day and Child Bite. Sadly, we’ve had a ton of gigs drop on us recently due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Our focus this year is to get outside of Louisiana more, but it’s all on lockdown at the moment. We are hopeful our tour in May still goes on as expected.

7. Where would you like to act?

Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, NY and in your living room.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Every Time I Die, Callous Daoboys, Knocked Loose, Norma Jean, and many more.

9. Whom not?

Literally anyone with an inflated ego. Nothing turns us off more than bands who act/feel superior to others.

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

God, probably all of us. I was just talking about this earlier, about how I (Ben) still struggle to some degree if there’s any focus on me during a show. As far as getting over it goes, while it sounds terrifying, get on stage more. It’s really one of those fears that you have to face frequently to make any headway. Other things that help are pretending you’re at practice, focusing on your bandmates instead of the crowd, and remembering that even if it is the worst show you play in your life, it’s just one show. It’s not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things. So, you shouldn’t freak out about how you just missed that note, just keep playing because odds are people didn’t notice anyway.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Descendents, Norma Jean, Every Time I Die, Botch, Gouge Away, Oathbreaker, Converge, Fugazi, AJJ, Kid Dynamite, Henry Rollins, Mindless Self Indulgence, the Birds, Glassjaw, Blind Guardian, Ozzy, Knocked Loose, Paint it Black, Dillinger Four, to name a few, not to mention nearly every band we play with. There are too many kickass bands doing the damn thing to count these days in the south.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

Someone once asked us to give him a stick n’ poke tattoo after our show. We didn’t.

13. What do you think of your fans?

They ‘ight. Jk, we love them. They’ve been so supportive of us up to this point and there’s no way we’d have gotten this far without them. They’re the best.

14. What do you think of our site?

It’s awesome. You have so much music centrally located for people to listen to and you seem to really put newcomers to the front which is extremely appreciated.

15. Something add?

First, thanks to Breathing the Core for granting us this interview! Second, thank you so much to everyone taking the time out of their day to read this. You didn’t have to, so thank you! A digital copy of our EP is up for pre-order on Bandcamp. We’re looking into a physical release for it hopefully early May and Ideally an LP drop sometime late Summer or the Fall. New merch should steadily be creeping into the bandcamp store. With no gigs this month, any purchase is doubly helpful to keep us on track for our goals this year.

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