Joey Cape (Solo & Acoustic) • Helios37 • Support: Sam Chalcraft
Long-time singer-songwriter Joey Cape has drawn inspiration from the candle lit emotion of K*ll Rock Stars era Elliott Smith and an upbringing steeped in acoustic acts such as Simon & Garfunkel and Cat Stevens; Cape’s acoustic efforts stand up on their own and finally introduce him as a promising addition to the pantheon of great American singer-songwriters.
Cape says, “Both (punk and acoustic music) share certain intensity and integrity. Dynamically, they are very different…but they are similar in that they are both very honest approaches.”
After 23 years of fronting Punk Rock band Lagwagon, Joey Cape is drawn to diversity. His compulsion to try new things is evident in the side-projects he’s done along the way: the experimental indie-rock of Bad Astronaut, all-star party/cover band Me First & the Gimme Gimmes, power-pop combo The Playing Favorites and, of course his solo acoustic work. He produces nearly everything he is involved in and on occasion other bands, The Ataris and Nerf Herder to name a few.
“I am a musician, I don’t have that gang-mentality. I make music and life is short. I want to create as much as possible before I lose my muse”, says Cape.
On Joey Cape’s debut full-length solo album “Bridge”, he cuts the sonic flowers that potentially would have come to fruition as his band Lagwagon’s punk anthems and presents them in a more subtle state; as bold and vibrant as they are fragile and clinging to life. Written, performed, and recorded by Cape himself at his home studio (The Crank Lab), “Bridge” is the glorious outcome of two years of false starts, fatal hard drives, and possibly a lost mind. Equal parts solo record and labor of love in the truest sense. Cape is that rare artist who seems to be able to move with diplomatic immunity between contrasting genres. His sheer refusal to be held captive by regulation and expectation is, after all, punk at its most basic premise.
For his second album, "Doesn't Play Well With Others", Joey Cape explored new territory, both musically and in releasing his music. Cutting out the middleman, Joey decided to sell “DPWWO” directly to his fan base, launching a store on his website, www.joeycape.com, where his music is available one song at a time or via subscription.
He has made many splits with other artist, most notably Tony Sly, Jon Snodgrass and Scorpios, a band featuring Joey, Tony, Jon and an Opera singer named Brian Wahlstrom on Keyboards.
Cape finishes, “You definitely get a different insight into the songwriter on an acoustic recording…I think most people who enjoy what I have done appreciate those recordings and the depth in an acoustic setting.”
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