Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ The Cape Race

Photo by Duncan Howsley
Photo by Duncan Howsley

Manchester gems The Cape Race have been busy as of late. Having just released their new single Digging For Gold and preparing for the release of their upcoming debut album for later this year, I am predicting a breakout year for this fab quintet. Perennial faves of AMBY staffer Fi, I too share in the excitement their music begets. Wanting to catch up with the lads, AMBY spoke to The Cape Race about a violent confrontation, Jessie J and The Reprieve!

AMBY: For those who haven’t had the pleasure of hearing you, how would you describe The Cape Race’s sound in three words?

The Cape Race: Your favourite band.

AMBY: What is the craziest thing to happen to you while on tour?

The Cape Race: There’s a story involving a Welsh town, a violent confrontation, a van invasion by a mother and daughter prostitute combo, a man handcuffed to a drain pipe, a police obstruction, a narrowly avoided arrest and a van breakdown in the space of a few hours. Fair play to anyone who can fill in the blanks!

AMBY: Who influences The Cape Race as musicians and songwriters?

The Cape Race: At the minute I wouldn’t say there is any one artist that inspires us most. At this point we’re just a huge melting pot of everything each of us listens to on any given day. We stopped ripping people off years ago.

AMBY: Describe your dream gig and who would be on the bill with you.

The Cape Race: For me personally – We would headline because it’s my dream and I can do whatever I like! Main support from the best band in the world; Arcade Fire, then the likes of Death Cab For Cutie and Brand New on the bill. Ryan Adams can open to get everyone in the mood.

AMBY: What is the release date for the debut record and what will the band be planning for when it’s out?

The Cape Race: The date isn’t finalised at the moment, but it will be out around Summer we hope. We have a plan in motion that involves a quite unconventional method of release. We’re very excited to share it with everyone. It’s becoming less and less cool me listening to it in my car everyday, it’s time other people got the chance now.

AMBY: What’s on your iPod at the moment?

The Cape Race: I’m absolutely loving the new Everything Everything album at the minute. I’m listening to stuff like The Weeknd and Frank Ocean quite a bit too. Other than that a great band called The Wild Nothing is getting played a lot.

AMBY: The Reprieve is a wicked song, what is the story behind it?

The Cape Race: I had a dream in which I’m at a Halloween Party and Death is on the dancefloor killing people at random. Everyone assumes it’s just a guy in fancy dress so carry on dancing regardless. Weird I know. The song is about feeling like a burden on the people closest to you and there’s nothing you can do to change it.

AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?

The Cape Race: Tough one! Oasis changed everything for me as they did for a lot of people. Before hearing (What’s the Story?) Morning Glory I was every inch a pop child so that was the first step I took towards more alternative music. Nimrod by Green Day had a similar effect a few years later. Green Day are honestly a bit of a joke to me now but that band and that album in particular had a huge effect on me at the time. For the third one I’ll never forget the first time I heard Tell All Your Friends by Taking Back Sunday. At the time it felt like I’d found MY band and I wanted to immerse myself in that whole scene. That record played a big part in me wanting to join a band and the kind of music I wanted to write.

AMBY: Who would you like to be most and least stuck in an elevator with?

The Cape Race: Most? Either Ryan Adams or Chuck Palahniuk. Ryan would have booze and we’d set the world to rights while we waited to be rescued. With Chuck I’d try and work out what goes on in his head and how he manages to write in the way he does and so prolifically. Least? Hands down Jessie J. For reasons I can’t fully explain she makes me terribly nauseous.

AMBY: What do you do outside of music for fun?

The Cape Race: I’m a film obsessive so I watch an awful lot of movies in my spare time and like telling people about them whether they wish to hear it or not. I’m also a huge Manchester United fan so most Saturdays I can be found watching them, for better or worse.

AMBY: What is the best song of 2013 so far?

The Cape Race: I’m going for ‘Kemosabe’ by Everything Everything. Chorus is ridiculous.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about The Cape Race that nobody knows yet?

The Cape Race: Our new album is really, really good.


Thank you The Cape Race, for giving us your answers!

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