The bulk of this album was written and recorded in Cape Town with Robsco, and we finished it up while in London and Mexico City.
For me, the EP is a time capsule both lyrically and musically, representing a specific time spent in Cape Town. During this time, my friend Robsco was a sounding board for me as I discussed certain issues with him, and the music mostly flowed as a result of these discussions while jamming, without actually expecting to form an EP or create any complete tracks at all. What we have ended up with is a musical portrayal of thoughts and experiences of life at the time. The lyrics tackle the issues I was working through and resolve themselves with “Love My People”.
After many delays caused by several geographical relocations and some near unintentional geographical relocations… (a long story but it will no doubt make it into the lyrical content of future work)…
I am releasing my new “The Lawnmower EP” on the 30th of August! Yip that is soon!
It’s a four track Cape Town-based, Cape Town-inspired, Cape Town-conceived and if all goes well Cape Town-celebrated collection of songs. All tracks were co-produced with fellow Cape Town musician Robsco (The City, The Kifness, Momentss , Chilled Vibes etc.).
These songs were all written in Cape Town with the exception of the song “Love My People”, which is a dedication to my wonderful friends back home. I miss you all so much and I hope my offering finds you in a good zone. Aweh.
To everyone in London, thanks for letting me tear it up here and being down to boogie.
There will be a launch gig at Bedroom Bar in Shoreditch (East London) on the 30th of August and I will be playing at around 8.30pm. It’s free entry so turn up and get down.
But for now go watch this “making of” video to get a taste of what’s coming!
This new song is the follow up to both Lawnmower and Worth It and will be featured subsequently as part of the upcoming Lawnmower EP. A video has already been shot for Give Me Love, I Won’t Bring Trouble and it’s really gonna get you excited.
This song is a journey of self-expression and rebellion and looks at how intermingled the two are.
The more you hold me down, the more I will struggle to break from from your grasp. Most of my lyrics are in someway about break the chains that keep us from being the people we can be and/or want to be. This song is the most direct example of me fighting against these chains as well as the most direct look at what some of them may be.
I know that many of you will struggle with similar things in your lives, as I’m sure we all do, and I hope that this song gives you some reassurance that you are not alone in the struggle.
My new song Worth It feat. Robsco is out today! This is the second song out from the upcoming Lawnmower EP. If you’re into lush instrumentation and dark lyrics this one is for you! It’s available on SoundCloud for streaming and BandCamp for purchase!
Click the image below to be taken to BandCamp to purchase your copy.
Please share using the official hashtag: #WorthIt2016
Lawnmower is a truly unique track co-produced with Robert Scott and mastered by Vlado Meller. After a couple minutes of dissonance you will be rewarded by the lush vocal tones of the remarkably talented Amy Walton.
The record is available on pretty much all platforms including: iTunes, Spotify, Tidal, SoundCloud and Bandcamp. It’s set at the default £0.79 or £0.99 on most sites however if you’d like to help us recoup the costs and maybe even pay the way forward on our next project then please buy it through Bandcamp below for as much as you possibly can!
This has been one of the most exciting creative processes for me and I hope you love it as much as we do.
Music by Chris Cape and Robert Scott
Lyrics by Chris Cape
Vocals, guitar, keyboards and programming by Chris Cape
Bass guitar, keyboards and programming by Robert Scott
Female vocals by Amy Walton
Mixed by Robert Scott
Mastered by Vlado Meller
Assistant mastering engineer: Jeremy Lubsey
Rap vocals recorded by Jonny Dosé (jonnydose.com)
Artwork by James William King
Photography by Oakpics (oakpics.com)
As a few may have picked up from the occasional lyric reference I count myself a Star Wars fan. This year on May 4th (International Star Wars Day) I got myself into the studio and got messing around with this 1980s Japanese Casiotone organ and long with some drums in the style of ‘Salt-N-Pepa’s here’, just for the effect. 😉
Before I knew it I was overflowing with Star Wars lyrics and a few hours later ‘Mark Hamill Can Handle’ was born. Mark, where ever you are, you are a boss. Thank you for helping to inspire this song.
For those of you who aren’t way to deep into SW, the lyrical content is gonna seem to be non-English. For those people, hang in there folks, I have a couple gritty power rap tracks in the pipeline called ‘Lion Cub’ and ‘Lawnmower’.
For you Star Wars fans. Enjoy this free track, please share it as much as you can and in as many was as you can. Tweet @hamillhimself and let’s get him onboard with the joy fest.
official hashtag: #MarkHamillCanHandle
This track did really well thanks to all you wonderful fans! It managed to make its way to Mark Hamill himself. He loved it. Follow the story here!