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LEAVE THE CAPITAL  - latest update 3rd FEB  2007
LEAVE THE CAPITAL"THEY'LL MAKE YOU SWOON AND MARVEL..." Huw Stephens (Radio One) 

with the cinematic scope of the Editors minus that nerdish and pitiful self wallowing and the roughly hewn melancholy usually reserved for Doves - the moment the singer cracks into falsetto, you'll find yourself on your knees picking up the pieces. genius! (Jeremy Chick, Subba-Cultcha)

"picking away at your emotions and sending shivers down your spine" (Loosing Today)

BIOG 
"I'll keep on building these ships till they get me the hell out of here" -  Matchsticks

Heartfelt melodies, shimmering live shows, emotive, piercing lyrics. 

A Leave the Capital biography begs for explanations of trauma, and inspirations of long lost love. Yet when quizzed for their influences and convictions, the answer given is certainly unexpected. They simply put it down to Old flames 
and Friday nights. The jovial response says a lot about Leave the Capital's casual attitude to the impending success lurking around the corner, it belies a band that treats  the music they write with the utmost seriousness. 

LEAVE THE CAPITAL have their debut single out on ORG on JANUARY 29th 

“Cardiff’s LEAVE THE CAPITAL write songs that tell tales of heartbreak and regret, glory and ambition”. The band spent the best part of 2006 ignoring the buzz building around them and instead concentrating on writing and recording in their self built studio, they’re are now ready for the release of their debut single, 'Matchsticks' and a very busy, very public 2007. 

Advance copies of the single along with early demos have already attracted the attention of DJs Steve Lamacq and Huw Stephens on Radio One, John Kennedy at Xfm, along with the people at London’s cutting edge Resonance FM’s Other Rock Show, LA’s Indie 103 and a whole bag load of record company types from both sides of the Atlantic. They caused a stir at In The City last year, they turned down the change to go to South By South West, they ignored a number of offers from labels (accepting one from US based management) choosing instead to take their time and get things right in a creative sense (band is being sensible shock!) 

“Whilst sharing the grand ambition of Doves and the subtle tendencies of Elbow, Leave The Capital have created a sound that is distinctly their own. Following a series of impressive live shows with the likes of Kasabian, Kaiser Chiefs and Editors they were invited to play at this year's SXSW festival, an opportunity they turned down in favour of perfecting their new material.”

Personally I think they have a bit of an Explosions In The Sky feel to add to that vital slice of X factor and that very uplifting Doves side. I’m pretty sure once one of the bigger labels who are checking them out right now grabs hold of Matchsticks, it’s going to be all over your daytime radios and such. Our single is a strictly limited edition of 1000 as part of the ORG-AN-ISED singles series (and you know about all the bands that have launched through our highly collectable series), I expect the ORG version of the single to be changing hands for silly money on ebay very soon. 
 

The three track CD, part 28 of the ORG-AN-ISED SINGLES SERIES brought to you by ORG Records and ORGAN zine, is out on Jan 29th.

Support slots with Kasabian, Kaiser Chiefs and Editors coupled with airplay from Radio 1 DJs Huw Stephens and Steve Lamaq has seen the band pick up a great deal of respect, with record companies and publishers from both sides of the Atlantic expressing keen interest in the band in recent months. In 2006  the band turned down an offer to play at the SXSW festival in Texas in order to concentrate on writing a new batch of songs in their recently complete self-built studio. The new songs, with titles like Sleeping Pill, Amelie and Take Cover tell tales of heartbreak and regret, glory and ambition; and while they share the typical fragile stance of Leave the Capital, they offer glimpses of change, seeing Leave The Capital explore different depths of unrivalled hope and hysteria. 

Leave The Capital are:
Ben - Vocals/Guitar
Chris - Lead Guitar
Adam - Keys
Tosh - Bass
Tom - Drums

 

PRESS QUOTES AND SUCH
What people have already said:

"Wonderful stuff from the ever dependable Org Records, the last bastions of true music - with the cinematic scope of the Editors minus that nerdish and pitiful self wallowing and the roughly hewn melancholy usually reserved for Doves - the moment the singer cracks into falsetto, you'll find yourself on your knees picking up the pieces. genius!" 
(Jeremy Chick - single of the month, Subba-Cultcha)

“There’s a slight of hand nature about these three tracks which feature on the debut release from the much talked about Cardiff quintet Leave the Capital in the way they attach with mercurial grace to your sub conscious. Melodically astute there’s no doubting that there’s a rarefied song craft at work here picking away at your emotions and sending shivers down your spine" (Loosing Today)

"Go and see Leave The Capital. Theyll make you swoon and marvel and wonder why you' ve never seen them before." Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

"...Breathtaking, soul-freeing hooks. These are delivered with an intense world-weariness by either Ben James' sensitive vocal or Chris Collins' soaring, crystal guitar..."  (Drowned In Sound)

“those who like their music served up in epic, swirling qualities with smooth melodies will not be disappointed” (Manchestermusic.co.uk) 
 

FULL PRESS REVIEWS
 

RELEASES ON ORG RECORDS
ORG411 - Matchsticks (out Jan 29th 2007, limted edition, 1000 only) - Tracks 1: MATCHSTICKS, 2: VERSUS, 3: YOU CAN'T KILL AN IDEA (WITH A GUN)
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