GRAMMYs On The Road At SXSW With Capsula And Imperial Teen

Backstage with Capsula and Imperial Teen at the conference's 26th annual installment
  • Capsula
  • Photo: Marina Chavez
    Imperial Teen
April 02, 2012 -- 4:03 pm PDT

The Recording Academy Texas Chapter played host for GRAMMYs On The Road At South by Southwest during the conference's 26th annual installment from March 9–18 in Austin, Texas. The Chapter conducted exclusive backstage interviews with artists participating during the music portion of the conference, including pop/rock trio Capsula and alternative pop outfit Imperial Teen.

Capsula discussed the band's formation, performing at South by Southwest, musical influences, and current pop/rock music, among other topics. 

"In the last years, in pop music on the radio [and] on TV … there [has been] so much … synthesizers and soft music," said Capsula vocalist/guitarist Martin Guevara. "We think it's time to give guitars one more chance. We really believe in the power of guitars."

Formed in 1998 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Capsula — featuring Guevara, bassist Coni Lisica and drummer Ignacio Villarejo — derived their name from a line from David Bowie's "Space Oddity." Their sound is a fusion of South American psychedelia, drawing on influences from acts such as the Stooges and the Velvet Underground. Capsula's most recent album, In The Land Of Silver Souls, was released in 2011. The trio has concerts scheduled in Spain through June.

Imperial Teen discussed recording their most recent release, Feel The Sound, songwriting, musical influences, and performing at South by Southwest, among other topics.

"Something that is prevalent in this band … is that we are really inspired by each other, and we kind of draw from ourselves more so at this point," said vocalist Will Schwartz. "We have a language together."

Imperial Teen were formed in 1994 in San Francisco by former Faith No More keyboardist Roddy Bottum and drummer Lynn Perko, formerly of the Dicks and Sister Double Happiness. The lineup is rounded out by former Wrecks bassist Jone Stebbings and Schwartz. In 1996 the band released their debut album, Seasick, which was followed by What Is Not To Love in 1999. The band subsequently toured in support of Hole and in 2002 returned with On. After a short hiatus, the band reconvened and released The Hair The TV The Baby & The Band in 2007. Their most recent album, Feel The Sound, was released in January. Imperial Teen are currently scheduled to play several dates in the Pacific Northwest in May.

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