Violent fun with a vital message – a succinct summary of fresh faces CAPRA from Lafayette, Southern Louisiana. With only two releases under their belt, they’ve already made waves in their immediate surroundings, and it’s clear why. Their metallic hardcore twist is infectious, bursting with creativity and vigor as though they are still riding the high of having already played with Today is the Day, Eyehategod and The Number Twelve Looks Like You.
Their brand new second release, self-titled, has two new songs to dig into, and they are impossible to wear out. “Torture Ship” goes straight for the jugular within the opening seconds, with ferocious and hyperactive riffing. The guitars and bass sound like an avalanche – the kind that Every Time I Die thrive on – and the drums punch relentlessly à la classic Converge. They also draw from the fury of the immediate previous generation of hardcore bands, such as Oathbreaker and Gouge Away – taking from very different styles and molding the results into their own unique blend.
Today, we’re stoked to give you the full stream of this 2-tracker, along with the band’s special commentary on the lyrics and their Top 10 Bands Worth An Immediate Check!
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Jai Benoit in Lafayette, La. Cover photography by Tooth & Nail Productions.
I wrote the lyrics for “Paper Tongues” about my mother from the point-of-view of myself as a child. I describe a monster in the song which is metaphorical for my mother’s temper, which makes sense, because I was very interested in monsters, aliens, and cryptids at that age. She was always very private, and it wasn’t until I became an adult that she told me of the struggles she’d endured as a young girl in the Philippines and later as an immigrant in the U.S. which explained a lot of the pain she was harboring for so long. We now have a beautiful relationship with one another, and I attribute much of my maturation to self-expression in writing, which has often been my only effective form of release.
I began writing “Torture Ship” in the middle of a mental breakdown. I was trying to wrap my head around a very difficult situation that I had been confronted with (for lack of a more explicit description of personal trauma) unsure where or how to begin the healing process. I wanted to explain exactly how it felt to accept that it was time to establish huge changes in my character and show just how excruciating growing pains can feel. However, growth is one of the most important processes we can endure as human beings, and we often end up stronger as a result.
Both songs on the EP do seem to focus on a lot of pain, don’t they? Instead, I intend for them both to regard the emotional healing process, something which can often times be so intimidating that many, if not most, people choose not to confront their trauma at all. I want listeners to understand that they are not alone, and that they are much bigger than the hardships with which they have been confronted.
CAPRA’s tour was supposed to start in New Orleans on May 22nd with their good friends in Torture Garden, but has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. As of now the band have no dates book and are waiting for the right and safe time to make any moves regarding travel. Comments the band:
Covid-19 had a huge impact on our shows and our morale for a brief moment, but we have been able to take time to ourselves and write some of our best songs to date. The impact on our local scene was a hard hit, but our scene is close and comes together when shit hits the fan. As far as the pandemic goes, we just want everyone to stay safe and and use the down time to help others, be creative, and better yourselves.
Asked about their local scene in Lafayette, they continued:
Before the pandemic our local scene was doing great. There’s a massive amount of talent coming out of Lafayette, La that music lovers should have on their radar. We try our hardest to bring a lot of different touring buddies through and give our city something new regularly.
1Shoutouts are my favorite part. Here’s some of the MUST listen bands: The Callous Daoboys, Torture Garden, Glassing, Pound, Under the Pier, American Standards, Gouge Away, Child Bite, Heel Turn, Moths, Sounding, Radiant Knife, POST NOTHING (RIP)
𝑇ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑦𝑙𝑖𝑠𝑡 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑖𝑛𝑓𝑙𝑢𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑑 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑤𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦 𝑔𝑜𝑜𝑑 𝑓𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑒 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑑:
𝑇𝑜𝑝 10 𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑠 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑚𝑢𝑠𝑡 𝑐ℎ𝑒𝑐𝑘 𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑟𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑛𝑜𝑤
1. The Callous Daoboys
There aren’t many bands out there currently that are kicking this much ass. Their live performance will scare you while you’re falling in love. The Daoboys are changing the game in hardcore and we have so much love and respect for them. Mark our words – they’re the next big thing.
We’ve been friends with the boys in Glassing for somewhere around 10 years and the way they connect with each other musically is unparalleled. The only way to describe their sound is “beautiful chaos.” It’s angry, pretty, heavy, mean, and ambient. You can hear influences from other bands in Glassing, but nobody sounds like Glassing.
3. American Standards [IDIOTEQ featured]
I became friends with Brandon from American Standards in an Every Time I Die fan group called “ETIDiots.” It’s always a great feeling to connect with people that share the same influences as you and this band is overflowing with the sounds that I’ve always loved. American Standards also makes it on our top 10 bands that we want to play a show with list.
4. Snake Tongue [IDIOTEQ featured]
Snake Tongue is one of those bands that a friend sent to me and as soon as I turned it on I was thinking “holy shit.” I don’t have anything else to say about it. They’re incredible. Go listen to them right now.
I booked this band in Lafayette, La in 2014 I think. It was a Monday and there were maybe 10 people there. These guys played like there was 2,000 circle pitting in the small dive bar. The energy, the riffs, the vocals are all top notch. Highly recommended.
6. Torture Garden
Torture Garden is hands down my favorite band from Louisiana. Everything they’re doing is right. Fortunately we got to play with them earlier this year before the virus, but we were also supposed to kick off our tour with them Friday, May 22nd in New Orleans. It’s a bummer but they’ll be one of the first bands we contact when this is over with. Keep your eyes on Torture Garden.
7. The Grasshopper Lies Heavy
TGLH is the loudest band on the planet. We could play our next 100 shows with this band and I’d definitely go deaf before getting even remotely close to tired of hearing this killer band.
8. Radiant Knife
These guys are local to us. A 2 piece prog-metal whirlwind that will confuse your headbanging rhythm so much you’ll end up just standing there staring with your jaw dropped. I think these two come from a different planet but nobody is certain.
I’m not even going to lie, I get really angry sometimes watching these guys play music because they’re so incredibly good at their instruments that it’s disgusting. There aren’t many bands around currently doing what Moths does and they deserve to reach the top. Make sure to turn your lamps off while you jam this very loud.
This one is another local to us and they’re absolutely crushing in our scene right now. They’re a tough band to describe and i’m not even going to try. With their catchy melodies, abrupt time switches, and manic bass lines – there’s no way anyone could not like Mangata.
It all makes so much sense now / How could I have been so wrong?
If you want to survive you have to die a thousand times first
Your past becomes history / The future is now!
Growing pains, mature toward suffering
There is no good or bad anymore, only sensations / Feel the blood rushing through your brain
Every nerve screams in protest of existing / You can no longer fear pain
Stop the attachments to that which will take you nowhere
You have to kill if you want to stay alive
And that’s what this is about / Survival / Don’t lose sight of that fact
The sear becomes new again / Rid yourself of the filth of comfort
Within in the strife you will find the creature you were truly meant to become
You are not that which surrounds you
You are not who you’ve been shaped to be
You are the fire burning in your chest
Either burn out or die forgotten
And you have to be remembered
Even if it tears you apart
Don’t be like the others
Don’t die before the grave
THE FUTURE IS NOW!
THE FUTURE IS NOW!
An ocean of passion / still waters, murky with pain
Not yet traversed by man or machine and not of this earth
The tides bite back, unwilling to be understood
Martian to most but deadly to those who witness its crimson shores
Concealed beneath the surface unmeasurable horror, suffering embodied
The beast which guards its heart made of secrets awaits its next victim
It won’t even kill you
That’s too easy, it wants you to last
It sinks teeth into your flesh
And tears at your heart ‘til you have nothing left
At the brink of expiration
Relief comes reluctantly back
When the creature retires to plan its next attack
But not for long
You’re afraid of your own darkness too, but not like me, you don’t fear like I do
And I don’t want to turn away, all I’ve ever wanted is to help you
I want to fight the monster in you but I’m afraid I might hurt you too and that’s too much to bear
I do what I do and I say what I say because I care
And still you bare your teeth / Hate still lies beneath / The cycle continues
I let you hurt me again / I let you hurt me again and again and again
Why did I let it win? Why did I let it win?
Because deep down within I know what you’re capable of
The pain you inflict is how you were taught to love
What do I know about love?
I’ve already learned to forgive
Maybe one day I’ll learn to forget
Either way I’ll be here by your side
I’m stuck here until I’m dead