Post-punk Venom with a Double V – Meet Captivves

Remember double A-sides?  Well here’s one from Reading trio Captivves.  The two songs have a nice suggestive dark atmosphere, all Bauhaus-black guitars and rumbling post-punk bass.  The vocals are less easy to pigeonhole and come as a welcome surprise in comparison to a lot of other bands in this genre.  Unsettling and unnerving, it’s initially as unexpected a fit as the vocals of Kitchens of Distinction but they are more in debt to the short-lived S.C.U.M, a chant just about clear through the guitar dominating fog.

Opener “Dive in” almost ends too quickly, the intro taking up a fair chunk of the song but this shows the importance of their sound and is a moody preparation for the more conventionally structured “Don’t Defy Us”.  This is a slow builder, rising to a primal vocal flourish at its finale.

There’s a welcome live feel to Captivves’ songs and despite the monochrome intent there is plenty of colour in its chaos.

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