“Gold captures the classic Captives sound and wraps up it in a massive package that feels evocative of the legends of the hard-rock genre.” – Rolling Stone
“Villain’ matches the hard rock attitude, punk rock energy and alt-rock anthemics of ‘Buried & Bones’, punch for punch.” – Music Feeds
Gold: “The single perfectly captures the anthemic energy that Captives have come to be known by, showcasing heavy guitar riffs and thundering vocals from lead singer Aaron Damon.” – The Music
“A dose of blistering melodic rock for our mid-week? We think yes! Melbourne’s Captives has turned the energy all the way up with their latest electrifier, Buried & Bones”. – Hysteria Mag
Melbourne punk-rock band Captives announce today their new album ‘Return To Mars’ out on March 31 ahead of their East Coast and Adelaide tour. The record features 2021’s fierce rock anthems Buried and Bones, Villain, and new single Gold.
“Gold has been a bit of a journey. It was one of the first tracks we put down for the new album but was a bit of a dark horse. Now it’s one of our favourites. It’s huge. No fuss. I’m looking forward to smashing this one live!”
– Matthew Damon (Drummer)
From the first propulsive drum beat in Gold, the song perfectly captures their anthemic energy that’s core to their sound, featuring driving heavy guitar riffs and thundering vocals from lead singer Aaron Damon. The track was recorded at The Alamo studio in Melbourne and produced and mixed by Tyson Fish (Vance Joy, Mammal, Children Collide) and mastered by Forrester Savell (Karnivool, Cog, Shihad).
“It was the first time we’ve ever attempted writing digitally and remotely. Parts of the process were great, other parts were super challenging. For us, you can’t beat having all 5 of us in a room and creating tunes with the energy from us all. Thankfully, we were able to get into a studio in between Melbourne lockdowns and track the record. I think if anything, we’ve learnt to adapt our writing process and it’s only going to benefit us in the long run. In saying that, I can’t wait to be in a room with the band and just be able to play some songs again.” – Matthew Damon (Drummer)
The band gives a blistering performance in the video for Gold. It was directed by Dave Hunter (Ebonivory, The Last Martyr) from Band Factory Media at Wick Studios, Melbourne.
“We wanted to make a video that gave justice to the song. For me whenever I listen to Gold, it’s made to be listened to on a huge PA with a lightshow. So we kind of pulled that off this time around. Working with our video Director Dave Hunter once again, Dave does an amazing job of bringing our concepts to life. He smashed this edit!” – Matthew Damon (Drummer)
Captives have been building up an impressive presence for themselves across the release of two EPs and a full length album that have accumulated in exceptional press, TV and playlist moments, plus tour supports for bands such as: The Damned, Pulled Apart By Horses, Cog, Shihad, The Mark of Cain and The Hard Ons.
Captives will be touring the East Coast of Australia and Adelaide this April with fans getting the opportunity to hear their new album ‘Return To Mars’ live and up close.
“The time between our last show in Japan 2020 and the first ones back will be almost two years and two months between drinks. Craaazzzy!! It’s kind of nerve racking but exciting at the same time to think we get to do it all again really soon. Can’t wait!” – Aaron Damon (Vocals)
“It’s a good feeling having a tour lined up for 2022. I think everyone is a bit fatigued from the last 2 years and just want to get back to their business. It’s basically the same for us, being back in some rooms with heaps of mates is what it’s about for us. I won’t take seeing a live band for granted ever again I don’t think.” – Matthew Damon (Drummer)
CAPTIVES TOUR DATES – TICKETS HERE
SATURDAY APRIL 2 | HALLOWEEN HYSTERIA @ MANSFIELD TAVERN, BRISBANE
SATURDAY APRIL 9 | THE VANGUARD, SYDNEY
SATURDAY APRIL 16 | CROWN AND ANCHOR, ADELAIDE
SATURDAY APRIL 23 | GASOMETER HOTEL, MELBOURNE
FRIDAY APRIL 29 | MO’S DESERT CLUBHOUSE, GOLD COAST
With thanks to Beehive PR