Capital X – Wild Life (Power Pack Record)
CD | DL
The debut album from 2013 by the south coast all-girl digi-punk electro-pop dynamic duo gets re-issued prior to a new album due out next year.
You know the classic T-shirt by Vivienne Westwood? “You’re gonna wake up one morning and KNOW what side of the bed you’ve been lying on.” Lists of Hates & Loves?
Well, just for fun, I asked female digital punk duo Capital X to do us their updated version…
(Loves) Atari Teenage Riot, KORG, Alan Moore, Simon Price, NASA, Nintendo, UK Subs, Gaga Lana and Haze, LTJ & Deftones, Crackout & King Adora, the Year 1985, Jeremy Corbyn, Sleaford Mods, Vivienne Westwood, Joe Strummer, David Attenborough, mushy peas, Nadia G, running up those hillz, slick trainaz, Adidas Originals, big earrings. Dr Martens for bouncing soles, JD Wetherspoons Etap Hotels, Marvel for Ghost Rider, Punk Rock 1977, Carlsberg, Diamond Jacks and Family Business tattoo’s, Tank Girl. MIA. the Prodigy. Peaches. Trash.
(Hates) Acoustic guitar, Coldplay, grey, Cameron, Farage, the badger cull, fox hunting weirdos, tax dodging corps, racism, sexism and inequality of any kind, creationists, materialists and anyone who doesn’t do science properly, railway privatisation, duck nails, washing up, Tuborg lager, Ramsay Bolton, limited legroom, surveillance, Energizer, Pompey FC (not including the top fans, thanks always for the excellent banter), the year 1939, crap shoes especially Crocs, smug bastards, boring people, ft. Pitbull, hashtag-body-type, mayonnaise (it scares the bejesus outta Ruby), fur, ignorance, exploitation, Roosh V, under qualified TV presenters, late buses, no bog roll, no soap, English tea abroad, Ridley Scott films (they scare the bejesus outta Julz).
We’re lovers not fighters but once we started rolling there are definitely a bunch of things that just don’t belong. CX xxx
First time I saw Capital X live I was unimpressed, thinking they were the 16 year old spoiled brats with a load of flash electronic gear their parents had got them for Xmas. Tank Girl-ish Electronic Would-be Punx. Kitsch’n’sync 2-Unlimited meets ATR Lite with an obsession with 80’s tackyness. Make up by Toyah.
Fast-Forward 18 months and I saw them sandwiched between a couple of male guitar bands (albeit good ones) and they came over as a techno-coloured riot of attitude and sass – with Huge sub-sonic bass sounds, skittering beats and Pop Tunes with a defiantly RetroFuturist 80’s soundclash. Julz Jetsons manic stage presence couple with Ruth’s cool, detached look made them thoroughly watchable and hugely enjoyable. Oh, and their song Bad Girls of 1985 is titled such because that is the year they were born.
This album came out the end of 2013 and they’re re-issuing it to pay for the next and it is a bold, bizarre piece of work. It’s Pop Music weighed down and buoyed-up by its obsessions. A fantasy world of escapism and sci-fi, hi-tech, fly-girl, 80’s theme tunes, kitsch ‘n’ trash, comic-book, ravey ArtPopTrash Electroclash designed to be enjoyed and swallowed whole.
The titles say it all; Superleague XXX666, Choppers & Blades, Wild Things, Battle Skas, Eagle Hawk. The artwork is school-girlish, gaudy, garish and trashy. It’s a fun album. Peaches and MIA built their art around sex and politics. Capital X embrace the tackiness and immediacy of disposable culture, knowingly, unashamedly and for a laugh (maybe it’s a critique of consumerism but I doubt it). It’s infectious, if you’re open to it. Trash, if you’re not. Kool Trash if you are.
Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Shampoo, Betty Boo, Deelite, 2 Unlimited, Fuzzbox and so on all made a spalsh and some dosh with similarly disposable but fun works and there’s no reason why Capital X can’t as well. This album is the blueprint, the next will be a monster that takes over the world… maybe.
Hit up the Capital X Big Cartel to buy the album and other march.
All words by Ged Babey. More writing by Ged on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive.