Capillary Action

Equal parts samba school density and Beefheartian primitivism; pure pop bliss and chamber ensemble precision, Capillary Action are an American musical ensemble that cannibalize a wide variety of sources to synthesize a cubist, confrontational take on classic pop forms. Led by composer/singer/guitarist Jonathan Pfeffer, Capillary Action’s music is typified by its frenetic pace, dense harmonies, broad dynamics, elastic rhythmic interplay, and confessional tone. Far from pastiche or collage, central to Pfeffer’s modus operandi is the challenge of eliminating the distinctions between chaos and clarity, art and pop, consonance and dissonance to communicate complex, ambiguous, and extremely personal experiences through song.

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Since 2005, Capillary Action have maintained a staunch DIY approach to its operation, releasing music on its own Natural Selection imprint and sharing stages far and wide alongside Beirut, Dirty Projectors, Rhys Chatham, Shudder to Think, and Les Claypool, among others. In March 2011, Capillary Action’s long-awaited sophomore album Capsized will be released on the group’s own Natural Selection imprint. Capillary Action still traffic in the overwhelming moments that have become its bread and butter—the sugar rush of an unexpected timbre, the exhilaration of a heart-stopping chord change, the brain freeze of a disassembled rhythm, the toxic shock of the lyric that plunges deeper into the psyche than one should safely tread—but this second time around, the attack is more nuanced, the ‘border crossing’ more seamless, and the songs exponentially sophisticated.

Past Shows


Apr
27
th
2011
7th St Entry
Apr
27
th
2011
7th St Entry

Capillary Action

with Black Blondie and LUCY MICHELLE & THE VELVET LAPELLES

More Shows

Aug
24
th
Turf Club

Scrunchies

with In Lieu and Mary Jam
Nov
20
th
7th St Entry

Hunter Root

Sep
23
rd
Fine Line

The Lemonheads

with John David Kent
Sep
17
th
First Avenue

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