Who knew Ben Stiller had a post punk band in high school?
Capital Punishment announce the upcoming reissue of 1982 sole LP Roadkill. Now remastered and expanded, the LP will be released on September 14. The band has shared first single, ‘Muzak Anonymous’, a Beefheart-ian, gong-afied freak-funk that needs to be heard to be believed. Listen below!
Capital Punishment formed in 1979 in NYC when the 4 band members were teenagers. The band consisted of a future Supreme Court Justice for Arizona, a Professor of Slavic Studies, a Musician/Documentarian whose family built the Brooklyn Bridge, and an A-list world-famous actor.
For a band of high school weirdos who actually got their shit together enough to make a completely uncommercial album with no means to sell it and still “release” it shows a lot of determination, persistence and perhaps insanity. But it’s always those kinds of weirdos who go on to do great things – just ask Judge Peter Swann, Professor Peter Zusi, Kriss Roebling and Ben Stiller.
Beyond whatever curiosity the membership entails, Roadkill is an incredible example of the kind of home-spun, DIY post-punk that music collectors drool over at record fairs each weekend. Heavily influenced by Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, Eno, Chrome and all sorts of proto-industrial music.
While news of this reissue leaked in 2015, Friday 14 September is in fact the first time Roadkill is being released since the 80s. The album will be available on all formats, and is now available for pre-order here.
Stream / purchase ‘Muzak Anonymous’ here.