Captiva releases self-titled debut EP; stream it in full right here

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Kansas City indie-pop quartet Captiva has been quietly impressing audiences in the area for a couple of years now, and the band finally has a digital release to show for its efforts. Captiva’s self-titled EP, recorded at Temple Sound with Tim Gutschenritter and producer Jeremy Wilson, is out today, and The Pitch debuts it here.

Captiva‘s four songs lilt and lope along, and whether it’s the angular dance rock of opener “Road to Ruin” or the contemplative build on closer “Sometimes,” the effect is one of big things in small packages. Like the best of EPs, this debut concisely sums up Captiva’s sound, but also leaves you wanting more.

The Pitch spoke with the band — drummer Hank Wiedel, singer and guitarist Patrick McQuaid and singer and guitarist Jakson Ries (bassist Nick Riffle was unavailable) by phone from the Captiva practice space about how the EP came together.

The Pitch: EPs seem to be the order of the day, lately. Did you plan for this to be a succinct release, in order to get it out sooner? %{[ data-embed-type=”image” data-embed-id=”” data-embed-element=”aside” ]}%

Hank Wiedel: Yeah, we just planned for it initially to be an EP, just because we could get it out as soon as possible, but also just focus on the four songs that really tied in together. It wasn’t just a sporadic difference of songs. Each song is different, but it kind of ties into one central context.

Were these songs written with the idea of working around a theme, or did you find that as you were writing, you kept coming back to the same set of ideas?

Wiedel: I would say yeah, it was more of the second one. The songs were written at different times in our lives – some of these songs are almost four or five years old – but we noticed that, as life went on, we still wanted to write about the same experiences and issues in life. It wasn’t that we based the EP around one central concept, it just kind of ended up that way.

Which of those songs are the older ones?

Patrick McQuaid: There’s “Sometimes” and “Stimulating Freeze,” which are songs that I wrote a while ago. It was basic versions of the songs three or four years ago, and we always kind of had them in our back pocket. When we got in-studio, we finally turned them into a reality and we’re all really excited about that: to finally have all of those songs actually together and on a record.

That’s an interesting concept, having songs that go back so far next to new material. What made you decide to put these four particular songs together?

McQuaid: We were just so eager to put something out, and this seemed like a good time for us to put something out. We had these – two of them were written pretty spontaneously, fairly recently – and these were just the songs that we’ve been playing and wanted to record in the studio. Part of the reason this is an EP, rather than a full length is because the songs aren’t really intertwined, but they do have similar messages. But, in terms of style, I think they’ve pretty versatile

Jackson Ries: Plus, I feel like, when we put these older songs back on the EP, it’s a true revelation not only to ourselves, but to our audience and our listeners that we’ve evolved as time went on, and this is kind of like our evolution as a band. We’ve taken those old songs and revamped them, and kind of brought a breath of fresh air to them. That way, people get an idea of who we were when we started, and who we are right now.

Is this how you want the EP to be taken: like, this is who Captiva is?

We also want it to be like this is a brand-new Captiva.

Ries: We’re also trying to reintroduce ourselves as a little more professional, a little more legitimate. These recordings were done in a really good studio and we really kind of want to make a statement with these as to where we’re going.

Wiedel: We’re just trying to progress as a band, musically, and getting better at what we do – our live performance and our writing. We’re always trying to improve it, because that’s where it all starts, is the actual music. If the actual music is comfortable, then we can be comfortable moving forward in every other aspect.

Captiva will be on tour in Colorado next month with the Expendables as part of the Lifestylez SnoDaze tour. Those dates are available at the band’s website

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