New Album ‘Wolverhampton’
Released on Vinyl, CD and Digital Download March 23rd 2015
Having reformed in 2013, it hasn't taken Capital Letters long to get back into their stride and 2015 sees them embarking on a series of European live dates reminiscent of their heyday in the late seventies and early eighties when they were the unofficial UK reggae ambassadors to Europe, constantly touring throughout the Continent.
To coincide with the start of these dates, Sugar Shack Records will be releasing the first all new Capital Letters album in thirty years. The band have spent much of the summer in the studio of Noel Browne, Noel only recently relocated to the UK and built his new studio. He's a former Studio One Band, Taxi Gang and Maytals keyboard player who is perhaps better known as the man behind New Name Music, the studio he set up in 1987 where he was to achieve success with Luciano, Mikey Spice and Jack Radics amongst many, before building Big Ship Recording Studios in 1995 where he worked with Freddie McGregor, The Wailing Souls, Papa San and numerous others. Utilising Noel Browne's engineering skills, the band recorded 14 songs which were then passed into the safe hands of regular Sugar Shack collaborator Dave 'Oldwah' Sandford for final mixing.
The album kicks off with a trio of classic roots tracks, “Jah Music”, a highlight of their live shows, “Wolf” as recently released in a remix form on a Sugar Shack 12” and “Roots Music”. Just when you think the pattern is set, the band turn things around and with a novel approach they continue with a mainly roots themed set, but in a case of an iron fist inside a velvet glove, hard hitting roots messages are underpinned by often upbeat backing. The songs; “Place On Earth”, “Dat Nah Stop”, “False Natty”, “Tell Me What's Wrong” and “Opportunity” all contain strong messages that may be missed on casual listening with their deceptive, almost too upbeat backing tracks, an unusual approach that shows just how confident and skilled the band are.
It's not all politics and preaching. One of the songs is a heartfelt tribute to the band's home town, Wolverhampton in the British Midlands. It was obvious that with Capital Letters strong ties to the City, this was the perfect track to name the album after and so “Wolverhampton” is the album title and will no doubt have more than a few of the band's overseas fans checking their atlases. A perfect companion piece to “Wolverhampton” is the track “Jamaica” which paints a charming child's eye picture of the huge changes and culture shock encountered by the children who arrived in Britain to join the windrush generation during the fifties and sixties.
Co vocalist Lukas doesn't forget his past as a Lovers Rock artist and we are treated to a solitary love song with “Movie Star”. Lukas puts in such a consummate performance, it makes one hope the band will record more material along similar lines in future.
Capital letters are a band at the top of their game; they have maturity, confidence and musicianship to spare. This is a deceptive album, the more you listen the more it reveals the depth of quality within, good on first listen it grows in stature and really rewards repeated plays.
“Wolverhampton” is released by Sugar Shack records on 23rd March 2015 as a digital download and compact disc available from all leading sites and retailers, there will also be a limited edition vinyl album containing the first five tracks along with their accompanying dub mixes.
Tour Dates so far confirmed:
March 20th: Capital Letters at La Grange à Musique ( Creil, 16 Boulevard Salvador Allende 60100, France)
March 21st : Capital Letters at De Warande ( Warandestraat 42, 2300 Turnhout, Belgium)
April 3rd : Capital Letters at Canal 93, 63 avenue Jean Jaures, 93000 Bobigny, France)
April 4th Capital Letters at "In Dread We Trust Festival", Cluses 74300, France)
More dates to follow
ARTIST: Capital Letters
RELEASE DATE: 23rd March 2015
LABEL: Sugar Shack Records
DISTRIBUTION: Shellshock / SRD
FORMAT: Limited Edition Vinyl, CD and Digital Download
CAT NO: FOD106V / FOD106CD
BARCODE: 5052571059111 / 5052571059128
GENRE: Reggae, Dub
released March 23, 2015
CD and Digital
1. Jah Music
3. Roots Music
6. Dat Nah Stop
7. Thanks and Praise
8. Try, Try, Try
9. Tell Me What's Wrong
10. Movie Star
13. False Natty
14. A Place on Earth
1. Jah Music
3. Roots Music
1. Jah Music Dub
2. Wolf Dub
3. Roots Music Dub
4. Opportunity Dub
5. Wolverhampton Dub
All songs written by G Brown Jnr & Lukas Daley
All songs published by Archive Publishing Ltd 2015
Lead vocals on tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 11- by G Brown Jnr
Lead vocals on tracks 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14 - by Lukas Daley
Guitar - Lukas Daley ( Ladie-dee )
Bass - G Brown Jnr ( JB )
Lead Guitar - Joseph Sullivan
Keyboards - Vincent Pryce & Matthew Graham
Drums - Dennis Watson
Main backing vocals - Tasheka Coe & Steve Ital
Additional backing vocals - Yvonne James (Dat Nah Stop & Try Try Try)
Horns - Kadeem
Percussion - Colin Palmer, James Archer
Tracks 1, 3, 7, 9, 10, 13, Lead vocals and backing vocal recorded at Mind Searching Studio, Birmingham - Engineer Wooley
All other recordings and lead vocals recorded at Noel Browne Music Studio - Engineer Noel Browne
All tracks produced by G Brown Jnr & Lukas Daley
All tracks mixed by Dave ‘Oldwah’ Sandford
All tracks owned by Capital Letters and exclusively licenced to Sugar Shack Records
Mastered by Steve Street
Compiled by Martin Langford
(p)&(c) Sugar Shack Records 2015
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Capital letters wish to thank:
Rose Brown, Rodrick Harvey (RIP), Respect to all past Capital Letters members, Mike Darby and Martin Langford (Reggae Archive Records/Sugar Shack Records), Jerome and Manu (Arka Productions), Oldwah, special thanks to Ray Lewis for his support
Engineer: Noel Browne started his music career while still in Primary School. He followed in the footsteps of his older brothers Glen (bassist) and Dalton (guitarist), they became known as The Browne Bunch. They recorded their first single along with their two younger brothers Clevie and Steely (In Crowd Band) and Danny (guitarist). Noel went on to play keyboards for the Studio One Band, Tazi Gang and the Maytals, both in studio and also on the road.
Noel built his first recording studio in 1987 (New Name Music) where he broke new acts such as Luchiano, Mikey Spice, Jack Radics and many others. He then built Big Ship Recording Studios in 1995 where he continued to record his main act, Freddie McGregor, as well as acts like The Wailing Souls, Mikey Spice, Papa San and others. More recently Noel moved to the UK where he built Noel Browne Music Studio where he works on the production of live recordings, mixing and mastering.