Once we disconnect from the past, we move towards the future. Emerging from an era of intense personal and collective change, Capstan have perfected their patented mix of elite musicianship, battering ram rhythms, off-kilter fret fireworks, and high-octane chantable choruses. After amassing over 20 million-plus streams, the Florida five-piece—Anthony DeMario [vocals], Joe Mabry [guitar], Harrison Bormann [guitar], Andrew “Boz” Bozymowski [bass, vocals], and Scott Fisher [drums]—unleash a focused and furious firestorm of bop-level anthems on their second full-length offering, SEPARATE [Fearless Records].
“The whole journey to the record is personal to us and people who are going through similar circumstances,” Boz observes. “We’re also separating from the last era of the band and making strides forward. We’re growing and reaching higher highs, while maintaining the core of Capstan. We took every necessary step to find who we are.”
They began taking those steps in 2015, with independent releases and a stepping stone release with Adventure Cat Records. “Wax Poetic” tallied 4.5 million Spotify streams as “Can’t.Lie.Around.Remembering.Everything“ and “Reprieve” eclipsed 2 million Spotify streams each. They’ve hit the road with everyone from Silverstein, Trashboat, Bayside, and Set It Off, in addition to appearing on Warped Tour in 2018.During 2019, their full-length debut, Restless Heart, Keep Running, yielded fan favorites such as “Stars Before The Sun“ and “We’ll Always Have Paris.” As the world shutdown in 2020, they took advantage of their time off the road to construct, deconstruct, and reconstruct songs for what would become SEPARATE. They hit the studio with producer Machine [Lamb of God, Fall Out Boy] with one goal in mind…
“The whole idea was to make a record with no filler, all bangers,” exclaims Joe. “We used the time to make a much better body of work. It’s the first time we’ve ever cut almost as many songs as we ended up with. I was going through a lot of emotional shit. I had recently gotten divorced, so a lot of the songs are about the severe depression I experienced during this time during COVID-19. I think the results turned out to be pretty special.”
Truthfully, the results speak for themselves. The first single “shades of us” teeters between vulnerable vocals, neck-snapping riffs, trap hi-hats, and syncopated head-nodding grooves. It all culminates on another magnetically massive hook offset by a deluge of distortion.“Several songs are about my ex before we split up, and this is one of them,” admits Joe. “There’s a dynamic shift. You’ve got a modern pop edge, but it’s still quite heavy. This is one of the flagship songs. It’s about coming to a really bitter realization no matter how much you love a person or care, there’s all of this other fucked up shit in the way. Ultimately, you know it’s not going to work out.”
Meanwhile, on “take my breath away // noose”, an ominous bass line creaks underneath Anthony’s haunting delivery on the verses before a buoyant, bright, and bold hook takes hold.
“The lyrics are a little more dramatic and slightly more embellished about my relationship,” Joe goes on. “We had some very rocky and toxic points. It’s whimsical and playful, but very serious.”
Elsewhere on the record, they join forces with Shane Told of Silverstein on the instantly chantable “alone,” which Boz proudly cites as “a full circle moment since we grew up listening to Silverstein”
Joe laughs, “Our sixteen-year-old selves would be shitting their pants.”Clean guitar bleeds into “blurred around the edges” as Anthony’s voice cracks over horns with palpable and pure intensity. “It’s extremely introspective,” says the frontman. “We all go through the same things. We’re creating this music, because we want you to find solace in it—just like we did through our hardships.”
“abandon” charges towards a double bass barrage and a raised middle finger. “It’s an outlier,” adds Joe. “It’s the only song that’s a classic ‘fuck you’ about someone shitty I knew who really took advantage of me and treated me poorly.”
In the end, SEPARATE represents a confident leap ahead and level up for Capstan.“We feel like there’s a little bit of something for everyone on this record,” concludes Boz. “We hope these choruses get stuck in everyone’s heads. However, it’s also less linear. We sat down as a group and decided to take the next step to actually become your new favorite band.”
“Growing up, music was always there for us during our hardest times,” concludes Harrison. “While these songs may seem dark, it helps to connect with someone going through the same things. That’s what we want people to take away from this.”