Capsula are a Bilbao, Spain, based band from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Their name is the Spanish word for capsule and derives from the David Bowie song "Space Oddity".
Influenced as much by 1960s South American psychedelic rock as by garage rock, they started in Argentina, recording three albums: Sublime (1999), Yudoka (2000) and a recording of experimental rarities named Ultimo Fragmento (2000).
They began touring in Europe in 1998 and moved to Bilbao, Spain, in 2001, the city where all the band members have since relocated. In 2002 they issued Capsula with songs in Spanish and their first songs in English. For writing in English, they used Surrealist automatism and cut-up techniques.
From 2003 to 2005, they toured Europe and published several CD singles.
In 2006, they recorded ''Songs & Circuits'' with Madrid-based label Discos Liliput. The album was released on January 16, 2007 was described as "garage rock for the 21st Century" reminiscent of The Stooges, The Velvet Underground and the early The Rolling Stones.
Described as live animals on stage by the press, their mix of raw noise with sonic sounds results in an exciting live act.
In 2007 and 2008, Capsula toured USA, UK, Canada, Europe & Southamerica receiving rave reviews of their live gigs.
In October 2008 Capsula signed with BCore Disc, releasing 'Rising Mountains' in April 2009.
Their album 'Rising Mountains' topped several college radio charts in 2009.
Capsula show at SXSW 2009 were chosen by David Fricke as one of the best surprises of the festival. He wrote in his column Fricke's Picks for the Rolling Stone Magazine in April 2009:
==2008–present: Recent activities==
In July 2009 Capsula recorded a new album, collaborating with New York rock legend Ivan Julian (Richard Hell & The Voidoids), titled Ivan Julian & Capsula - The Naked Flame and released in Spain by Bloody Hotsak.
In 2011 they issued 'In The Land of Silver Souls' (Krian Music Group/BCore) produced by John Agnello.
In 2013 they recorded 'Solar Secrets' produced by Tony Visconti.
They toured US presenting 'Solar Secrets' with influential Brazilian psychedelic rock Os Mutantes.
Capsula also opened for L.A. punk band X (American band) in December 2013.
They performed at Austin Psych Fest 2013, with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Deerhunter, The Raveonettes, The Black Angels (band), Roky Erickson.
The Austin Chronicle wrote about Capsula live show at APF: "Capsula’s dark wave rock – surfing basslines, needling leads, and kit-crashing propulsion – pushes the motoring thrust of early Black Rebel Motorcycle Club with its own distinct pulse. These aren’t musicians playing at a band, they’re a fabulous gilded snake, writhing on a big stage while plying seismic garage rock."
Capsula appeared from 2008 to 2012 at SXSW.
San Sebastian Jazz Festival, in 2013.
"Día De La Musica Festival" in Madrid, in 2013 with The Horrors
"Nox Orae" in Vevey, Switzerland, in 2013.
Sonorama Festival in Burgos, in 2013.
"DCode Festival" in Madrid, in 2012.
Primavera Sound in Barcelona, in 2011.
Bilbao BBK Live in 2010, headlined by Pearl Jam.
"Low Cost Festival" in Benidorm, in 2011.
"Nrmal" Festival in Monterrey, Mexico, in 2010.
"Decibelle" (formerly Estrojam) in Chicago, in 2010.
Incubate (festival) (formerly ZXZW) in Tilburg Netherlands, in 2008, headlined by Wire (band) and Sun Ra Arkestra.
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