Old Press Bio —
Guitarist/singer/songwriter Geech Sorensen founded Capital City in 1999 to showcase his growing assortment of hook-filled indie pop songs with jangly acoustic edges. In the early ‘90’s he had been writing and playing in Boston with college friend Keith Gendel, who went on to become a principal force of international pop beacons Papas Fritas, but then drifted off for adventure in South America and the mid-Atlantic U.S. Geech returned to Boston in 1998, guitar and mic in hand, and determined to get back to music. Convincing friends Jeff Wright (bass) Eric Herman (drums) and Miranda Inganni (shared vocals) to humor him in 1999, the group became known as Capital City.
In March of 2000, Boston-based label Near by Music released the City’s debut EP, the four-song Start Your Own Country. Recorded by Seana Carmody / Syrup USA stickman Orrin Anderson, the CD’s mixed-gender sing-alongs and catchy minimalist tunes attracted local and national interest. The e-zine Yahtzeen remarked, “A band with great potential,” while Boston indie music zine The Noise declared, “I can’t wait to hear more.” Pop Culture Press included the track “Coming Home” on a compilation.
In February of 2001, Capital City delivered their second Near by Music release, a gold-colored 7-inch single with two fresh numbers, “The Sound” and “National Landmark.” Recorded by Tony Goddess of Papas Fritas, the release was a study in manic depression: “The Sound” had a toe-tapping energy that made you wanna shake it, while “National Landmark” contained a sadness that made you wonder if you could take it.
The single caught more media attention, with reviews appearing in Magnet, Shredding Paper, Rockpile, Splendid E-Zine, All Music Guide, Punk Planet and others. “The Sound” was put out on a compilation by Japanese label Contact Records. Called “U.S. Pop Life vol.8 North East – Journey to End of Twilight”, this disc was distributed in both Japan and the U.S.
At the end of 2001, Miranda left the band and Walter Blazewicz joined with his bass. Shows, writing and recording ensued. In June of 2002, Geech and company emerged from the studio with their first full-length, the 11-song Am I Invisible. The band produced the album with Brian Brown (Tanya Donnelly, Pilot To Gunner, Bill Janovitz, Juliana Hatfield) at Fort Apache Studios, in Cambridge, MA, where great bands like Dinosaur Jr., Uncle Tupelo, Buffalo Tom, The Pixies and Yo La Tengo made records.
The disc kicks-off with the spaced-out, country-flavored “This Town Won’t Be The Same,” then slides into to the jangly and distorted “White Hands,” mellows into staccato guitars on the Elvis-Costello-like ballad “Whistleblower,” and closes with the introspective, creepy and bare “Drift Away.” The band uses violin, viola, stereo acoustic guitars, natural echo chambers and organs to warm various tracks, while guest vocalist Julie Otis sings occasional backgrounds and, on one track, lead.
Lyrically, Am I Invisible has a lonely and introspective sheen, with song subjects ranging from accepting diminished expectations and questioning power structures to unrequited love. The songs form an album in the truest sense – a collection of diverse, earnest, hook-laden songs that touch on a wide range of emotions and feelings without repetition.
The band played throughout the Northeast with The Loud Family, Beachwood Sparks, Stereo Total, Leona Naess, Star Ghost Dog, Silver Scooter, the Waxwings, Ours, Jr. Corduroy and kleenexgirlwonder. The band has also gigged numerous times with old pals Papas Fritas, whose member Tony Goddess says of Capital City, “I really like their sound — the acoustics, the electrics and the echoes. And I like Geech’s songs. The way they hover between major and minor reminds me of the late Kurt Cobain. And that’s a good thing.”