Captain Accident: Slippin’ Up – album reviewCaptain Accident ‘Slippin’ Up’ (Clumsy Records)


Release date 15th July 2013

‘Slippin’ Up’ is the second album from Captain Accident, the Cardiff based reggae outfit, and is the welcome follow up to 2010’s ‘Pick Up The Microphone’ – considering the current heat-wave the release timing could hardly be more appropriate, the warm blend of lovers reggae and soul offered up perfectly complimenting the scorching temperatures.

Captain Accident emerged from a Cardiff bedroom back in 2009, initially the solo project of Adam Parsons who with increasing critical attention drafted his band The Disasters to take to the live stage winning grass roots support whenever they perform. Debut release ‘Pick Up The Microphone’ (Trench Foot Records) picked up rave reviews including praise from reggae legend Sir David ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan MBE, this debut release clearly cemented Captain Accidents position as one of the best roots bands in the UK and earned them supports with the likes of Toots & The Maytals, Jaya The Cat, Pama International, Mad Professor, and The Toasters, as such there is a huge ground swell of anticipation approaching the release of ‘Slippin’ Up’…it’s safe to say that if sweet soulful reggae, with a blend of rocksteady and ska is your chosen poison then Captain Accident will be providing succour through the summer months and beyond.

Album opener ‘Captivity’ builds around an engaging bluesy guitar riff underscored with some lilting piano before giving room for some trademark backing harmonies, ‘It’s Typical’ has a blissed out lovers vibe, nestled in the mix a wandering hypnotic keyboard conjuring images of Caribbean beaches, clear cool waters lapping the shoreline, before ‘Save Your Time’ adds a subtle twinge of early ska to the song construction…’Stompin Thru Twilight’ opens with gentle dub vibe and builds to a lush summer texture as Captain Accident offers dance as an alternative to physical violence.

‘Business’ ups the pace rocksteady style, but remains firmly within the familiar mix of melodic songs and sophisticated arrangements, sweet keyboard parts and fortifying dub roots vibes.

Captain Accident have crafted an irresistible blend of roots and lovers and, despite, or because of their Cardiff location have genuine authenticity, not to mention musical depth and variety – on top of this add the downright catchiness of the tunes and vocal phrasing and ‘Slippin’ Up’ is a sure-fire reggae summer smash.


It’s Typical
Save Your Time
One In A Million
Stompin’ Thru Twilight
Only When You Dance With Me
Heads Up
Summer Day With You
Eyes & Thoughts

Captain Accident is on tour throughout the summer and is set to appear twice at the Boomtown Festival;

13th – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
19th – Cheltenham, Frog & Fiddle
20th – Dorset, Tonefest
22nd – Newcastle, Head of Steam
23rd – Nottingham, The Maze
24th – Huddersfield, The Parish
25th – Bishop’s Castle, The Vaults
26th – Derby, Hairy Dog
27th – London, New Cross Inn
28th – Nozstock, Garden Stage
30th – Norwich, Blueberry
31st – Leicester, Soundhouse

1st – Staines, Hobgoblin
2nd – Salisbury, Winchester Gate
3rd – Alton, Lounge Bar
4th – Sheerness, Ivy Leaf
5th – Canterbury, Cherry Tree
9th – Boomtown Festival, Hidden Woods
10th – Boomtown Festival, Chai Wallah’s

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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