Dark Captain

Dark Captain (formerly the twice as time-consuming to say Dark Captain Light Captain) are a five-piece rock band from east London in the UK. Their mish-mash of folk, post-rock and motorik grooves and electronic swashes has drawn comparisons to artists as wide-ranging as Fugazi, The Beta Band, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Massive Attack and The Violent Femmes.

The band’s second album ‘Dead Legs & Alibis’ was released in November 2011. ‘Submarines’, the lead single, sounds like Robert Wyatt chatting up The Violent Femmes in a bar with a jukebox which only includes Can and Fleetwood Mac records. As well as gathering an enviable amount of radio play in the UK and mainland Europe, it notched the band a pleasing number of American sales when it was featured among the US iTunes Top 20 singer/songwriter tracks of 2011. The follow-up, ‘Right Way Round’, with its dubby, Fugazi-go-folk grooves, repeatedly found its way onto Radio 2 in the UK, and also managed to seduce Elbow’s Guy Garvey, who played it on his 6Music radio show throughout the Christmas period.

‘Mid-Session Interval’, the bonus track from the album, can also be heard soundtracking a Royal Bank of Scotland TV advert in the UK.

Debut album ‘Miracle Kicker’ came in October 2008. Co-produced by Robin Proper-Sheppard (The God Machine, Sophia) it showcased the band’s spine-tingling harmonies, electronic drones, gently picked folksy guitar and huge psychedelic endings. ‘Jealous Enemies’ was made Single Of The Week on Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie’s Radio 2 show, and Download of The Week on US iTunes, also garnering a fair few sales stateside. A remix EP, which featured blissed-out reworkings of album tracks from the likes of US electronic legend Hatchback, arrived in 2009.

We like Dark Captain a lot, and we hope you do too.

We like Dark Captain a lot, and we hope you do too.