Capsula at Stopover
11 p.m. Friday at Trinity United Methodist Church (David Bowie Tribute Concert)
Midnight Saturday at The Jinx
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When it comes to interviews, conversations far surpass a simple Q&A, and that is exactly what I had with Coni Duchess from Capsula.
She’s the bassist and vocalist for the trio that hails from Spain and Argentina, which is rounded out by Martin Guevara on guitar and vocals and Iñaki Guantxe on drums and percussion.
Instead of asking questions, we just talked about David Bowie, touring and our mutual love for the lead singer of Spanish rock band Heroes del Silencio. We also geeked out over the many punk and rock bands from Spain and Latin America that unfortunately, many have not heard of yet.
Duchess was in Madrid rehearsing at the band’s studio when we talked via Skype. Capsula is gearing up to tour and promote their latest album, “Santa Rosa,” which drops April 29.
Capsula’s name comes from a line on Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” so we had to get on the subject of the recent loss of the rock icon.
“It felt as if someone had slapped me when I heard the news of his passing,” she said.
“He was an artist and a visionary. His experimentation with sound is unparalleled. From his acting to his music, the loss is felt worldwide ... In my head, I have a triumvirate of heroes, which consists of Lou Reed, David Bowie and Iggy Pop.”
The band will offer a special tribute to their hero during the festival when they perform “Ziggy Stardust” in its entirety at Trinity United Methodist Church at 11 p.m. March 11.
Capsula recorded its version of Bowie’s classic album, “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars,” at Water Music studios in Hoboken, N.J., in March 2012. John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Patti Smith, Dinosaur Jr.) was at the controls in the production of that project.
“We’re absolutely thrilled that they agreed to do this special performance. The band is renowned for their love of Bowie and for this album,” says Kayne Lanahan, Stopover CEO and founder. “... They are even flying in an additional band member from New York just for this show.”
For their new album, Capsula returns to work with Tony Visconti, who produced 2013’s “Solar Secrets.” Visconti is best known for his lengthy work with Bowie, including his final album, “Black Star.”
“We worked on the album last year,” Duchess said. “After working with Visconti on the previous album, it was a no-brainer — we wanted him to once again produce our new material.
“After learning so many tricks from Visconti, we knew magic could be recreated. We have even learned new ways to arrange our old music with Visconti. Our new album has lots of psychedelic rock and ’90s rock influences, but it is a new road which we are paving with this new production. It is a fresh, new sound.”
Capsula’s return to Stopover for a second year is eagerly awaited by many who caught them at The Jinx in 2015. In addition to the March 11 show, they’ll perform their own music at The Jinx at midnight to close out the festival.
Capsula is also performing on the SXSW stage this year (including another Bowie tribute concert), and it’s their sixth time performing at the event. It was a huge opportunity, Duchess says, since it was in Austin that the editor of Rolling Stone spotted them on stage. His review helped open many doors for the band.
The Savannah festival offers a more intimate experience than SXSW, which the band appreciates, Duchess said.
“Savannah Stopover is genial. It is manageable,” she said. “For our band, the Stopover gives us the opportunity to get closer to the audiences and hear what they really think about our music. It also give us the opportunity of watching other performers on stage, artists from abroad and the local talent, which is vast in Savannah. We like the intimate feel that the Stopover provides.”
If you are waiting for the radio to feed your ears with the right tunes, you are doing a disservice to yourself.
Regardless of the language, you can catch up with a great selection of imported music not only through services like Pandora and Spotify, but also live and in person through events like Savannah Stopover.