In 2008, the recording alter-ego of Mike Sniper, Blank Dogs, released the Captured Tracks EP. The release was a tour-only CD-R and featured noisier, more experimental tracks. However, the release was not associated with any label, so many assumed it was the name of Sniper's label. Since Sniper was already planning to release the next Blank Dogs EP, Seconds, himself, it became obvious to just call the label what people mistakenly thought his last merch item was released on anyway. The slash logo was born shortly afterward and the label was born. Paired with CT-001, the self-titled debut Dum Dum Girls EP, the two 12"s sold out quickly and, over the course of the next six months, one-off releases by The Oh Sees, The Beets, Grass Widow, Fresh & Onlys and Woods followed suit.
By mid-2009, the label had amassed the roster it would quickly become known for. At the time, artists like Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils, The Soft Moon and Widowspeak, the label's first signings were unknown. All four would release their first singles and LPs on Captured Tracks in 2009 and 2010. Soon after, the label would sign and develop Craft Spells, DIIV, Blouse, Chris Cohen and Mac DeMarco and begin to only work with bands that have no official release or a release that was manufactured in a very limited pressing a la Naomi Punk and Perfect Pussy.
A truly compelling — and at times even intimidating — performer, Tullgren learned music playing Swedish folk on the fiddle as a child but has morphed into something completely different and unique. While she fits the singer / songwriter mold, her music is much more intense and weighty than what people think of as the traditional singer/ songwriter — replacing the airiness of, say, Joni Mitchell with the power and force of Dirty Three. She's already light years more mature than her years as a performer, both live and in the studio. That two-threat attack is evident on her first album Won and on stage where her presence commands your attention.
It's rare for a band to have a clear aesthetic and sense of purpose right from the get-go, but Drahla has nailed it right off the bat. Luciel Brown’s spoken drawl is both mesmerizing and unnerving. The result of these vocals combined with the steady unrelenting wall of sound from Rob Riggs on bass, and Mike Ainsley on drums, is truly magnetic. The Captured Tracks team and everyone who attends the CTX shows will be seeing them for the first time, which I think is so great. And judging from the crowd reactions I’ve seen on video and the strength of their music, I can guarantee it won't be our last time seeing them.
Wax Chattels are a band you absolutely need to see live. When I saw them play in Auckland for the first time I was completely blown away. The minimalist precision, sheer volume and sonic power was something I'd rarely seen in a live band. As Matt Kosloff from Pissed Jeans said on his site Yellowgreenred, "[Wax Chattels are] just absolutely pummeling and unfathomably tight, with inventive songs, memorable hooks and a cool manic intensity, each member committed to playing their instrument faster than legal limits… I worry what my life will be like if I don’t get to witness them live again soon – I’m still recovering."