HOMETOWN : Milton Keynes , UK
Bursting on the UK punk/ska scene in 1997 CAPDOWN have forged themselves a legacy as the most successful and influential band from the UK's brief 3rd wave ska/punk boom (alongside diverse bands like [spunge], Lightyear and King Prawn).
Their debut release on Household Name Records "Time for Change" EP (1998) was a slow burn success complimeted by a huge touring schedule that saw them on the road for almost 9 months and solidified their reputation as an explosive and hard working live act.
Following up with their debut album "Civil Disobedients" (2000) the hard work and 'in your face' promotion started to pay off with stronger tours and a raft of headline shows. The records didn't stop there - a "split EP" (2000) with US ska-core crew LINK 80 quickly followed that summer, and even a "Xmas Fisting Single" (2000) with HARD SKIN and ex Snuff Boys SOUTHPORT kept the band's profile high.
In 2001 it all came together, as Household Name Records and Capdown readied the world for the follow up album the anticpation was a levels that hadn't been experienced for a UK punk band for some little while. Kicking off the year at a fever pitch with a tour with HUNDRED REASONS, they then stormed a UK support slot with LESS THAN JAKE, then had kids queueing from early hours to see then opening up the DECONSTRUCTION 2001 TOUR in the UK alongside Snuff, Avail and Lagwagon, inevitably they were unbeatable on the CONCRETE JUNGLE TENT at Reading Festival that August.
The scene was set for the release of the 2nd album "Pound for the Sound" (2001). The album was released in September 2001 and climbed to #48 in the UK Independent Album charts (the highest charting Household Name Records release :)
After a successful tour in Japan in 2002 the band moved on from HHN to join the Gravity-DIP roster releasing a single and live album, as well as live DVD on Bunker Records and 4 singles on the well respected Fierce Panda label.
Having added a keyboard player an eagerly anticipated 3rd album 'Wind Up Toys' was released on Fierce Panda in 2007 to a very positive critical and fan response, but the band surprised everyone by announcing that they were quitting barely 7 months later....CAPDOWN played their final show in June 2008.
Civil Disobedients CD