Thirty years after Neil Armstrong's outing to the moon, mankind seems to have
attention towards more mundane matters. Not so for CAPT. MOON, a band from
Ghent, who even remember the names of Armstrong's travelling companions (just
for the record and to get these guys out of impending quasi-nerdy isolation :
Collins and Aldrin) and have set themselves a clear target : to be the first
band to play on the moon.
Capt Moon started out in 1996, originally as a four-piece with female vocalist
Seele Luts, but already by the end of that year the band was reduced to a trio
: Paul Van De Velde (lead guitar) took over on lead vocals, backed by Lode
Sileghem (bass, samples and vocals) and Bart Bauters (drums).
The summer of 1999 saw the release of Capt Moon's debut EP 'MANITOBA'
on the illustrious
Ghent-based 'Kinky Star Records' label. This enhanced CD contains five
songs and some photos and videos. Liza Verhaege, backing vocalist on two
CD tracks, was asked to join the band on stage for the 'Manitoba' launch gig.
She's been a full member of Capt. Moon ever since. So now it's three men and a
lady. And the lady doesn not only sing: she also strums the rhythm guitar and
plays a mean piano.
New personnel, different starship. As the sky is no limit for these
musicians - remember the gig on the moon - the band is now a totally revamped
craft, ready for some serious space travel. Over the past few years it
has become a finely tuned machine, fuelled by their own interpretation of these
famous words from The Six Million Dollar Man : 'We can make it better, stronger,
Some important gigs Capt Moon played :
Club Brussel (Studio Brussel)
Opening for : The Make Up (Democrazy), Penthouse (4AD), The Fall (Vaartkapoen)
So now you've gone through the sales pitch, you may wonder what their music
is all about. Do you really want to read about music ? About a guitar that definitely
does not gently weep, drums that are most certainly not distant and a bass that
makes one think 'Let there be bass' ? About mature men who indulge
in such boyish subjects as Kate Moss and The Thunderbirds, or in
less frivolous issues as Edward Hopper and war criminal Schultz
? You may ask yourself : 'Do I want to hear their music ?'. Most surely, these
are men with a past which rings through in their present output.
But there's much more to Capt. Moon. Go and check 'em out !
RifRaf schreef :
"Als het niveau dat Capt Moon op dit EP'tje bereikt een full-CD lang kan
worden volgehouden, dan heeft België er weer een topact bij. Niet dat er
weer een experimenteel wonder is opgestaan of een band die volgend jaar Beachrock
zal afsluiten. Daar is rock'n roll net niet commerciegevoelig voor . Maar het
is meer dan rock'n roll. En Capt. Moon beschikt over de stem van een bronstige