Kansas City’s Captiva came together in much the same way as the main characters in John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club. In the seminal coming-of-age film, five high school students are forced to look past each others’ faults and status during detention. The insulated setting gives them a chance to form a bond and eventually real friendships. It was in a similar detention setting in October 2013 that Pat McQuaid and drummer Hank Wiedel first met.
The pair had recognized each other from both being featured on the same page of the school newspaper. They started talking and it wasn’t long before McQuaid invited Wiedel to jam with him on a new project he was starting with a few friends. High school turned into college, and jam sessions turned into a real band. Soon they were opening for acts like Twenty One Pilots and touring clubs across the country. Between shows and school, the band found the time to record their self-titled debut EP, out December 15th.
The record itself is much more breezy and summery than their Midwestern ties may imply. Instead, each song channels the tranquility and ease of the Floridian island from which they take their name. Tracks like “Stimulating Freeze” evoke images of aimless days with tropical undertones. Even when they up the intensity on “Chemicals”, the sweet melodies and harmonies add a sense of cool comfort. Unlike a detention sentence, the EP is stressless and something listeners will actually want to revisit again and again.
“This new EP is a great representation of the sound we’ve been looking for,” the band tells Consequence of Sound. “It’s raw, honest, and we’re certain that your girlfriend is gonna love it.” Take a listen to the whole thing below.
01. Road To Ruin
02. Stimulating Freeze