The incredible indie explosion: Capitol 6
Capitol 6’s debut album is deceptively titled Pretty Lost. Spinning the record, however, you’ll note that singer-guitarist Malcolm Jack and his crew—bassist Matt Krysko, guitarist Chris Alarcon, drummer Neil Corbett, and keyboardist Henry Beckwith—seem comfortable with every musical style they tackle, whether it’s the paisley psych-pop of “Cold Ride” or the heartbreaking jangle of “Autumn in the Wind”. He might feel pretty lost, but Jack was more than happy to reel off a few of his favourite things.
Best local release other than yours:
“My friend Rolla Olak put out an album that’s called Western Heart. Sonically, it’s amazing. It’s just honest, cool, folky tunes.”
The year’s best gig:
“White Fence at the Waldorf [on May 4]. I’ve been a huge fan of White Fence for the last year, and he blew me away live. It was really cool to see. He kind of does a home-recording thing where he does it all himself—it can be kind of mellow or weird—but it just translated flawlessly with a live band. They played it perfectly.”
What classic never leaves the turntable? “I’m going to stick with Neil Young’s On the Beach. It’s dark and weird for Neil, but it’s still perfect. The first song is ‘Walk On’, but the rest of the album is mellower. It’s slow, folky, and dark. It’s all done live, sitting around together—there’s bongos and tambourines. There’s not a ton of singles, but the whole album is moody and vibe-y the whole way through.”
Where are we impressing your out-of-town friends?
“The Rumpus Room [2689 Main Street]. That’s kind of my favourite spot in town. It’s got a ’70s vibe and really cool staff. There aren’t too many humble, weird places in town. And the corn dogs… I love them.”
Like LMFAO, who’s sexy and knows it?
“[Inherent Vices’ Christopher] Burnside! I think everyone knows he’s the sexiest man in rock ’n’ roll in Vancouver. It’s just that shit-eating grin when he’s laying it down.”
Uncle Morty left you his fortune. Where are you opening a venue?
“There’s this big-ass building on the corner of Hastings and Nanaimo [2390 East Hastings] that’s just sitting there—I think it’s just been a shitty dollar store or cellphone store. I just moved to the area, and all this neighborhood needs is an actual rock ’n’ roll club to cruise around in. I’d just leave it a crappy, big, tall building and get some bands going in Sunrise.”