We’re not a metal band, or an indie band, or a rock band. I don’t think we’re a punk band either. Frankly we don’t know exactly what we are, and we don’t really mind what you call us because we don’t think about that too much. We write energetic music with guitars and drums and passionate vocals. We don’t shut down good ideas if they don’t fit, we change our shape to fit around them.
It’s kind of funny then that this second album has come out sounding so unified, so purposeful. For the first time we can listen back to a CD of ours and get an idea of what Captain Horizon is and what we do, in a way we’ve never done before. And that’s a pretty awesome, exhilarating feeling. These songs are personal to us all, forged in our live shows and recorded with crystal clear intent. It’s an album about growing up without losing the passion of youth, about fighting for who you are in a world that stifles individuality.
The Dark is the heart of the record, the central message. Our fears and struggles define us but what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger – whether it’s growing up in the industrial wastes of Can’t You See What I’ve Become, under the threat of nuclear war in Sword, or living in a northern town ravaged by the economics of Thatcher’s Britain in My Town. The ghosts of the past define our world and shape the streets we walk. Silence of Vera was inspired by a trip to Terezin concentration camp in the Czech Republic – in a room filled floor to ceiling with the names of thousands of children born in the ’30s and dead by 1945, we picked one name to be remembered.
We feel tighter as a band than ever before and this album reflects that. Mez plays with his own inimitable unique character and his drums own these recordings, entwining with Alex’s bass which throbs and oozes through the 10 tracks. Josh continues his attempts to confound and defy the traditions of rock guitar – the intense choruses of Comforting screaming single notes through the speakers where others might have hid behind the safety of power chords and blues based riffs. And Whitty is the powerhouse that even after years still amazes his bandmates with his soul and skill as a frontman.
Imitation Sun is our sound – it’s nice to have finally found it.
Maximum Volume Music: 9/10 – http://www.maximumvolumemusic.com/review-captain-horizon-imitation-sun-2015/
This record proves categorically that there’s no one else quite like them and you should accept no imitations.
Planet Mosh: 5/5 – http://planetmosh.com/captain-horizon-imitation-sun/
10 tracks that transcend musical boundaries by superheroes Captain Horizon
Get Your Rock Out: http://getyourrockout.co.uk/wp/captain-horizon-imitation-sun/
Well, with Imitation Sun they have managed to produce a very versatile piece of work that could easily catapult them onto bigger and better things if the stars align.
The Midlands Rocks: 10/10 – http://www.themidlandsrocks.com/captain-horizon-imitation-sun/
So, like a back road mystery tour, this album contains surprises and gems that will make you glad that you took that detour and headed off the beaten track to discover unknown pleasures.
Ravenheart Music: 8.5/10 – http://www.ravenheartmusic.com/products-group-83.html
Of the tracks on offer that are all consistently good, I am beginning to like the title track, 4+ minutes of total magic!