Melbourne rockers Captives have shared a trio of acoustic songs for the latest instalment of Rolling Stone’s ‘In My Room’, a series in which artists perform from home following a couple of years year which have seen live shows become a rarity.
These last few months have been busy for the Victorian five-piece, with a handful of new singles serving as their first new releases since before a noted pandemic paused much of the industry. Having returned to the fold with “Buried & Bones” back in August, Captives unleashed their latest track only yesterday by way of the furious “Villain”.
“This track was sitting around for a while, it was definitely one of the first ones that got put down in the demo process,” explains vocalist Aaron Damon. “I’m pretty sure it began with a bit of a boozy night (no doubt) over at Tommy’s place pre-pandemic times.”
To celebrate the release of the new single, Captives invited us into Damon’s lounge room in Fitzroy, Melbourne for a mesmerising performance of “Villains”, plus a couple of unreleased gems.
Swapping out the standard electric guitars for acoustic instrumentation, the three-song performance not only sees Captives at their best, but also provides a few easter eggs for eagle-eyed viewers (note the framed Rolling Stone cover in the background) as they rip into things.
Kicking things off with “Villains”, the group also give us a bit of a sneak peek into what’s coming next by way of new tracks “Gold” and “Miles Away”, proving that not only do Captives know how to deliver in both electric and acoustic format, but that they’ve been writing some of their best songs to date – despite COVID’s best efforts.
“For us, you can’t beat having all 5 of us in a room and creating tunes with the energy from us all,” explained drummer Matthew Damon. “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.”
Given how well they work together in a live setting, neither can their fans.