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Album premiere: Captiva - Captiva (EP)

We are excited to premiere the debut self-titled EP from Captiva!
The four-piece group has its origins in a unique setting. Guitarist/vocalist Patrick McQuaid and drummer Hank Wiedel met in 2013 during a high school detention sentence. “That same day,” notes Wiedel, “Captiva and I were featured on the same page of the high school newspaper.” The drummer was invited to sit in on a practice session, and the rest, as they say, is history. Soon after Wiedel joined, they began recording Captiva’s debut album Basement Creations.
The collective has since garnered attention in and around the Kansas City area, combining a youthful pop zest with top-notch musicianship and grooves. The guys have found themselves appearing at a number of notable music festivals (including Middle of the Map, Boulevardia, Backwoods Music Festival, Audiofeed Festival) and have earned coveted opening spots for touring acts like Twenty One Pilots and The Lonely Biscuits.
Captiva’s latest effort features four tracks, beginning with the lead single “Road To Ruin.” An upbeat, infectious indie pop song, it sets the scene for the band’s more sophisticated musical direction. “After venturing out of our individual comfort zones, and opening our minds to new ideas, we've found our stride in the writing process and have become so connected with one another when developing our music,” says Wiedel. The songs reflect the group’s varied musical influences and the sense of cohesiveness they continue to develop.

Captiva was recorded at Temple Sounds—produced, mixed, and mastered by Jeremy Wilson.

--Michelle Bacon 

Artists on Trial: Captiva

Though they’ve only been a band for under a year, Captiva is already playing shows at larger venues and getting attention for its cool indie funk/folk approach. We talk with the guys to find out more about them and what they have in the works.
The Deli: Down and dirty: 1 sentence to describe your music. What is it?
Captiva: Our music is phunky fresh yet lavish indie rock.
The Deli: Give us some background on the band.
Captiva: Captiva has been together for about 9 months now. Pat McQuaid and Jackson Ries met while in high school, and began writing some soft, "poppy" kind of tunes. Once we had begun the process of producing our first album, we discovered Hank Wiedel, who brought us into the music scene and has been booking/co-managing the band ever since.
The Deli: What have been your biggest accomplishments as a band?
Captiva: Our greatest accomplishments so far include landing a show with co-headlining The Granada, performing on live TV/radio, releasing our first album, planning our first tour, and finding what exactly makes us who we are as musicians and friends. We've experienced a lot of success since our arrival in the music scene, and it's all been pretty quick, but we're most pleased with how true we have stayed to ourselves. Through all of the traveling, performing, recording, and promotion, Captiva has managed to stay a strong family.
The Deli: You recently released your debut album. What can people expect from it?
Captiva: We just released Basement Creations this summer. We are back in the studio, and plan on releasing a series of singles, including “Floatin' on Sound,” “Mid-Wild West.”
The Deli: What does supporting local music mean to you?
Captiva: Supporting local music is everything to us. It's a blessing to be surrounded by a music scene that is so talented and professional. It's not hard to find an act that is, first and foremost, true to their music, unlike half of the top artists today.
The Deli: Who are your favorite local musicians right now?
Captiva: Our favorite local musicians right now include La Guerre, She's A Keeper, Katy Guillen & The Girls, Rev Gusto, and Not A Planet. All of these bands are so kick-ass. We've gotten to perform with La Guerre recently, and she completely blew us away.
The Deli: Who are your favorite not-so-local musicians right now?
Captiva: We truly love The Lonely Biscuits, AER, New Madrid, and Twenty One Pilots. We really dig Dirty Heads... They've got a unique sound that is super easy to listen to.
The Deli: What is your ultimate fantasy concert bill to play on?
Captiva: Twenty One Pilots, AER, The Lonely Biscuits, and us.
The Deli: A music-themed Mount Rushmore. What four faces are you putting up there and why? 
Captiva: Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots is a huge influence on our live performance. Gene Simmons... I mean he's from KISS. Shouldn't that be enough? Jimmy Page is without a doubt one of the best names to ever be associated with the word guitar, and Grady Wenrich of The Lonely Biscuits knows how to keep it gravy. We like that. We like that a lot.
The Deli: What other goals does Captiva have for 2014?
Captiva: Our main focus is to establish a strong, diverse fan base in Kansas City and in Lawrence. Also, we're hoping to release a new EP sometime before the new year!
The Deli: Where can we find you on the web?
Captiva: You can find us literally everywhere.
Twitter: @CaptivaTweets
Instagram: Captivamusic
Snapchat (Why not?): Snap-tiva
The Deli: Always go out on a high note. Any last words of wisdom for the Deli audience?
Captiva: Make sure to see us at The Granada with Matt Easton on September 10! It's our biggest show yet, we'll be playing a lot of new music and making some pretty big announcements, and the tickets are going fast! And, lastly, ~Stay Buzzed~
Captiva is:
Pat McQuaid: guitar
Jackson Ries: vocals
Hank Wiedel: drums

You can catch Captiva at Czar Bar next Wednesday, August 27, with Acidic. They’ll also be back at The Granada on September 10 with Matt Easton. Facebook event page.

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