EMQ’s with CAPRA
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Lafayette, Louisiana based Metallic Hardcore band Capra. Huge thanks to bassist Ben Paramore for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
I’m Ben Paramore, I play bass, and I’ve been a part of CAPRA for a little over 2 years. Tyler and Jeremy started it originally with Jeremy on guitar, Tyler on bass, and eventually swapped instruments as other members came and went with no one staying long enough to really allow Capra to make an impression on the community. Once Crow (Lotus) came in about a year after me, it’s felt like the most solid line-up we’ve had, speaking as a listener and a member.
How did you come up with your band name?
Tyler is a huge FromSoftware fan (He literally just messaged me to bug me about buying Dark Souls 3 while it’s on sale). He fought the Capra demon about the time they were starting and that’s what he went with.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We’re from U.S. in Lafayette, Louisiana. The best way I can describe Lafayette’s music scene as someone who has been in and out of it for sixteen years is that it comes and goes in waves. We’ll have a few years of phenomenal local acts and then a dead phase for a year or two. Right now, we’re in a peak part of the wave and I hope it stays like this for a minute.
As far as styles go, we never really have one genre that dominates. Doom, Hardcore, Stoner, Punk, Grunge, straight rock, black metal, and more all regularly share the stage with each other. We’re pretty friendly with one another and love hearing everyone’s new shit.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
A self-titled two song EP and a video for the single ‘Torture Ship’. It’s available on Bandcamp and Spotify.
Torture Ship (Official Music Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
It varies between all of us. Band wise, I think everyone hears the Every Time I Die influence. Personally, I lean into old school punk. Bands that come to mind are Descendents, Kid Dynamite, The Clash, The Adolescents, Black Flag, Fugazi, Jawbreaker, shit like that.
What first got you into music?
I’ve always been into music, but what first really got me into heavier shit was the Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 soundtrack. You couldn’t pick the track I don’t think originally, so I’d restart the level over and over just to rip to ‘Cyco Vision’ by Suicidal Tendencies, among others.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Too many choices. Hard pass.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
We wanna play too many. Furnace Fest, Riot Fest, TID the Season, and The Fest come to mind off the top of my head. Anything that’s just decked out with killer acts.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Does my girlfriend count? Can’t say I’ve gotten anything too weird from people at our shows.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you so much for all the feedback and love we’re getting. We promise the LP we’re working on is gonna slap so hard. We’re bustin’ our bums.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I think I’m equally in love with writing new music with people and playing live to a receptive audience. I hate, HATE, load ins and load outs.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
The lack of control bands have over their music.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Kid Dynamite – “Shorter, Faster, Louder”.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl at home, digital on the go.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
With CAPRA I’d say the first time we played with our buds in Down Cast, Dead Centered, and Christ Worm in Baton Rouge at the Mid-City Ballroom. It was just super positive, incredible audience, great bands. First time we went as the four of us and we we’re blown away by how cool everyone was with us.
As a musician, I was playing in a punk trio with my brother at the time and it was just us and this band call Blast Rag. The venue could maybe hold 20 people, but it was just us and the other band. We went second and Blast Rag got off the stage and gassed us up the whole fucking show. It was rad af.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
What I’m doing. I’m a librarian during the daylight hours. Stop paying for all your books and movies, go check them out for free!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Sean and Ben from AJJ, Robin Williams, Donald Glover (to clarify, Gambino), and Obama.
What’s next for the band?
We’re hard at work on the LP. We had it finished, but with all this Covid layover, we’re actually headed back to track a couple brand spankin’ new ones.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
They’re a cookie from the looks of it. A really elaborate one at that.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for giving us this opportunity and thank you to everyone who took the time to read it! We hope to get to play for you very soon. Until then, watch out for live feeds from our practice space.
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