INTERVIEW: Capital Vices

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey thank you for having us on! Super grateful for your interest. We’ve been surviving; this pandemic situation has definitely made it harder for us to get together not only due to social distancing requirements, but as well as finding time around work. This pandemic has left some of us needing whatever hours we are offered, and it does make it harder to write and practice because of that. But we are making do and reminding ourselves that progress is better than stagnation.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Taurus”?

Of course! It was the first installment to the 6-track EP that we released on 03/20/21. That was the first track we wrote for the EP sometime in mid-2019. We had extra fun with it because we got to add our long-time friend, and former bandmate, Dominic Cuzzo into the mix. He is insanely talented, and we entrusted him with creating a catchy hook for this song. We believe he nailed it. 

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

The track was actually an idea that didn’t make the cut in our previous album Exit Here. We were infatuated with some nu-metal-sounding tracks at the time of its creation, and we kind of let that inspiration drive the song all the way through. Even after continuing to write the track about a year since we last touched it. No particular event single-handedly inspired, but there was definitely a time where we were hearing track after track with similar timbres, that eventually inspired this song’s “vibe.” 

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The video shoot for it took place at Devil’s Lake, WI; it was more work loading gear up those cliffs than it was to shoot the actual footage. But the purpose of the location was to encapsulate the meaning and element behind the sign this song is named after. Taurus is an Earth element; and the rocky landscape we chose was to create a level of cohesion and submersion into the material our lyrics speak on behalf of. You’ll find these cohesive choices throughout all the songs on this EP.

The single comes off your new album Zenith – what’s the story behind the title?

This title also relates to cohesion of the concept that this EP is about. The definition of Zenith in astronomy is: The point in the sky or celestial sphere directly above an observer. This is important because we plan on doing a second EP consisting of the second half of the Zodiac calendar. Zenith being the first half of that calendar, meaning the point above you in the sky is only half of the sky, the other half is directly beneath said observer. Which is where the second EP’s title comes into play: Nadir. The definition of Nadir being: The point in the sky or celestial sphere directly below an observer.  

What made you want to turn this into a concept album?

Before we even had any instrumentals organized into a full song, we knew we wanted a concept album. The problem was narrowing that concept into something unique and untouched in the metalcore genre we occupy. Eventually due to multiple member interest in the topic of the Zodiac calendar. We decided to go for it.

Was that always the plan or it rather evolve into this?

We made the plan for the concept before the instrumentals were created. At first it was going to be an entire 12 track album. But we had thought about how long that would take before we could put out new material. So eventually it did evolve into a dual EP concept where we then refined our plans further with intention of creating as much cohesion as possible between lyrics, visuals, artwork, merchandise, etc.

How was the recording and writing process?

For the previous two albums we had always done the writing organically; in person, after practices. This time we wanted to change the approach with hopes of a different product. The EP was written in-studio over many hours and many visits. We were thankful enough to find a producer who we consider a great friend and is pretty much an unofficial member of our band. We made sure he’s included as a writer on our album credits, SHOUTOUT TO Scott McGinnis!

How would you say the rather extensive time in between this and your previous work helped with this album in particular?

We definitely were meticulous about these tracks. I don’t think any track got less attention than the next. We had a very simple method: If there were any issues, we talked it out for contextual understanding and changed it until we all agreed on EVERYTHING. Sounds like a micromanaging nightmare, but we’re pretty used to each other, so communication is good between us. The real integral part to this though was our engineer and his patience.

What role does Chicago play in your music?

Well the fact that many of our fans are located here means that Chicago plays a huge role in our music. When we imagine ourselves playing these songs, as we write them (I do at least, I can’t confirm for the other members haha) the places that come to mind are the venues we play at here in our home city. Much of our inspiration starts from what we observe our other local bands doing. Many of the shows we play are some of the best nights of our lives because we feel part of an interwoven family. This city and how it receives music is why we still do what we do. We just want to be able to do it all over again in more and more cities. Chicago was the first city to make us feel comfortable doing what we do and that’s amazing to us.

What aspect of astrology did you get to explore on this record?

This dives deep into the pros—and cons—of each signs’ personality traits (as described by creators of the western version of the calendar). Lyrics also often reference the element of each sign in clever metaphors and similes. 

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Our vocalist absolutely did his homework on all the signs and wrote them with his experiences in mind. His girlfriend actually helped him a lot with it as well and helped him convey the things he wanted to speak of, in appropriate and accurate ways. I [Matt] unfortunately didn’t write any lyrics this time around so I cannot go any further confidently on that process.

What else is happening next in Capital Vices’ world?

We’re going to practice the heck out of these songs and get them ready for live performances because we are itching for it to be safe to play again. We have upgraded a lot of our live gear and are prepared to go around and make some waves with these new tunes. Eventually once we release both EPs we will probably try and get a big tour going so we can play them all over the country.


About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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