It’s 1982 and Ben Stiller is another 15 or 16 year old kid playing drums in a band with some high school friends. This band, though, has a surprising amount of ambition and hidden talent. Enough, in fact, to warrant to attention of Captured Tracks, the label that is currently home to Mac DeMarco, among others.
Apart from the now well-known drummer, the band — Capital Punishment — was made up of members destined for success. The bassist, Peter Swann, is now a judge at the Arizona Court of Appeals. Other members include Kriss Roebling, whose descendants helped build the Brooklyn Bridge, and Peter Zusi, who is now a professor of Slavic Studies in London.
Stiller states that the band’s influences were David Bowie and Brian Eno, but there’s a definite punk sound — fitting for the angst of high school, and yet elevated in talent. Listen to the band’s track, “Confusion”, and see what you think.
The band’s retroactive album, Roadkill, does not yet have a release date.