Captain We’re Sinking’s new album, The Future Is Cancelled, came out a few weeks ago via Run For Cover Records, and PropertyOfZack is loving the release. The band was kind enough to write up a Track-By-Track feature for the record to take fans behind the scenes on the album’s songs, and we’re stoked to be posting it. Check it out below!
This was one of the first songs we had for the record. When we first started writing the record we wanted it to be this big dramatic thing, so we had this long drawn out intro to this song that totally sucked. Im glad we cut that. This song was actually written in like 2010 or something. I know I was still living in New York at the time. I think anyone that listens to it can hear the obvious Nirvana influence. Nirvana is by far my favorite band and when I first wrote this song I kept it in the shadows for a long time because I thought it was too Nirvana-esque. I recorded a demo of it and Bill (our drummer) heard it and said it sounded like Fugazi. Nice! The lyrics just came from snippets of a journal I had. The lyric “my best friend is my dog” came from my Dad’s dog Teddy sitting next to me while playing it and barking the entire time to go out and run around. For a long time there was a back and forth whether Adultery or Brother would open the record. Im glad we chose Adultery.
Brother is an interesting song because it was the song that made us get over this year long writing block. We had the same four or five songs for like two years for the album and never got a steady pace of writing going. When I showed Leo this song he had all these ideas about how to play it and using the chorus at the end of the album and it kind of sprang us to life. After we learned this song, songs just started popping up. I guess I’ll always have a soft spot for this song because of that. I wanted to write a song about the town that I grew up in and the overall feeling there. The music came from me trying to write an electric version of the Saves The Day song “Coconut”.
Annina, We Will Miss You
This song is the only song on the record that was written by all of us out of nothing. I had the little jangle guitar riff and Bill picked it up and created the rhythm for it. Leo then added the little space adventure part where he starts singing (we called it space adventure because I used to use this wacky delay petal during it. I stopped doing that). The title of this song is actually kind of funny. My Dad got me an Ipad for Christmas one year and had it engraved with my initials in the back of it (REB). He also got this girl, Aninna, one as a thank you gift for working with his law firm for a year or so. He mixed them up, so when I opened mine up on that back of it it says “Aninna, We Will Miss You!”. He now uses the one that says REB on the back of it, I still have the Aninna one, and he got another one for her. Thats a lot of Ipads.
The Future is Cancelled
This song was also one of the first ones we learned for the record. The name of this song (and then eventually the album) came from our friend Sean. It was Bill’s idea to make it super fast in the beginning and try to make it a total punch in the face song. There’s actually a ‘Future is Cancelled pt. II’ that was going to be on the record as well but we never got around to finishing it. It will probably go on an Ep or something.
Coming from an area where being the next great band seems all too natural, Scranton punks Captain, We’re Sinking definitely have the potential to take that role. With their new Run For Cover release, The Future Is Cancelled, officially out, the band has something to really be proud of: a punk record that holds nothing back. The album packs incredible musicianship, dark and vulnerable lyrics, and heavy-hitting choruses, not to mention the “shit, I need to listen to this again and again” lasting value. Captain, We’re Sinking have truly outdone themselves. With a tour this spring with The Menzingers, Fake Problems and Restorations, we don’t think they will have any trouble gaining new fans.
Hey guys, thanks for talking to us! Before we go on if we could get your names and roles in the band?
I’m Bobby Barnett and I play guitar and sing. Bill plays drums, Zach plays bass and Leo plays guitar and sings.
Some bands have great ﬁrst shows, some have bad ones—how was your ﬁrst show?
Our ﬁrst show was funny. It was at this little cafe type place and we played with Three Man Cannon and Tigers Jaw. We all wore white T shirts and after we played Leo and I threw up. There were like 6 people there.
You guys are constantly being paired with fellow Scranton heavyweights Title Fight, Tigers Jaw, and The Menzingers—What was it like growing up in that scene? What is it like now that you all have established yourselves in the scene?
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre punk scene was really really great. I remember it going through different phases. When I was younger, ska was huge in Scranton and the two heavy hitters were Bob and the Sagets and Lester. Lester had the best recordings but Bob and the Sagets had the best live show. To this day I have never had more fun at a show than one of theirs. After the ska thing died down, it took a couple of years for shows to start booming again. Dennis from Three Man Cannon and Tigers Jaw would have basement shows at his parents’ house and they were so much fun. Thats kind of when us, The Menzingers, Tigers Jaw, and Three Man Cannon started playing around a lot. When everyone moved to Philly it died down, and to be honest, I’m not to sure what the Scranton scene is like these days. I know there are still a lot of cool punk bands playing, but I haven’t been to a show in a while. I’d like to get more involved in it again.
Staying in Scranton—what’s your favorite Tigers Jaw song?
Great question! Bill and I talk about this a lot. Right now I would say ‘I Saw The Wolf‘ or ‘Distress Signals’. ‘Two Worlds‘ is really great too.
You guys were incredible at Stay Sweet! You played mostly new songs—and almost everyone in the crowd sang along…I know your record has been lurking around Philly for a while now, but how does it fell to have it officially released?
It’s really exciting! It really has been a long time in the making, not because we spent 5 years analyzing the songs or anything, it was just hard to all get together and ﬁnalize everything. We had four songs done since, like, 2010 or something (Adultery, You Have Flaws, Montreal, The Future is Cancelled). We would have one practice a month and play those three and then forget how they went or change them or something like that. It just took sooooo long. Finally, after our tour with Tigers Jaw, we decided to just get it done. We set up a bunch of practices, demoed everything, got all the songs written, and recorded it in four days. It’s really exciting holding it and realizing that its done.The record is a good summary of our lives the past 4 or so years.
Summer is so close. We can almost taste the rip-off tank tops, pavement, and over-airconditioned venues. Yes. there’s Warped Tour, but there are so many other great tours going on this summer too that you shouldn’t miss out. Between Tigers Jaw and Pianos Become The Teeth, Fall Out Boy, The Menzingers, Circa Survive and Coheed And Cambria, there’s something for everyone. We decided to put together a new PropertyOfZack Discussion on all the “must see” tours this summer, so check them out below and feel free to reblog with the tours you can’t wait to see!
Tigers Jaw, Pianos Become The Teeth
For a music lover, sometimes the untimely end of a band’s career seems almost as hard to get over as an unexpected breakup with a significant other. When Tigers Jaw announced in March that they’d be going on hiatus, they were gracious enough to soften the blow with the simultaneous announcement that they’d be touring through the summer, giving fans one last chance to see them. With so many fans being newer ones who have fallen in love with the band at some point since 2010, it seems that much more upsetting that Tigers Jaw have chosen now to take a break.
With hiatuses a dime a dozen recently, there’s no saying that an eventual Tigers Jaw reunion is completely out of the question. But the band has acknowledged that this will be their last tour in the foreseeable future. With Pianos Become The Teeth and Sainthood Reps as support, this tour would have been a priority on most people’s summer to-go list regardless of the future state of Tigers Jaw. However, without the promise of seeing them again, Tigers Jaw’s headlining summer tour is absolutely a can’t-miss. - Alyssa McKinley
Streetlight Manifesto End Of The Beginning Tour
The scraggly curbside sign-holder on the cover of Streetlight Manifesto’s 99 Songs of Revolution, Vol. 1 proved prophetic three years in advance: “Tomorrow it’ll end”: if by tomorrow, he meant June. The band’s End of the Beginning Tour in June marks the last hurrah of Streetlight Manifesto as a full-time touring band. There’s speculation as to the band’s decision to call a hiatus (Victory Records’ hands have apparently done some thieving — see: Toh Kay album), but there’s no doubt that on the first leg of their farewell tour, the band will be shutting the book on this chapter of their career with a resounding bang.
June marks the shorter of the farewell tour legs, but Streetlight’s making a point to route the tour through some smaller markets. The tour also comes on the heels of Streetlight’s firecracker of a new album, “The Hands That Thieve,” and fans have more than a month to let the record sink in and decipher the lyrics before shouting the choice cuts back at Tomas Kalnoky on tour. If catching Streetlight Manifesto one last time wasn’t incentive enough, the fact that Rodeo Ruby Love and Empty Orchestra are opening the bill should more than clinch this as one of this summer’s best lineups. - Erik van Rheenen
Fall Out Boy Save Rock And Roll Tour
Not many bands could pull off a comeback like Fall Out Boy has. In a matter of months, they’ve gone from being on indefinite hiatus to having a number one album, two full tours announced, and three music videos released.
Panic! At The Disco has already been declared as the support for the upcoming fall arena tour, but as of right now, support for this summer remains a mystery. But that didn’t stop every single show from selling out in seemingly record time. For most bands, this would create a lot of pressure to deliver in a big way. Fall Out Boy isn’t just any band though; this is the band rallying behind a lofty cry of “Save Rock And Roll.” So whatever tricks Fall Out Boy has up its sleeves, it’s safe to say that they’ll pull out all the stops on tour. - Becky Kovach
The Menzingers, Fake Problems, Restorations, CWS
The Menzingers have been doing tons of high-profile support touring since the 2012 release of their incredible sophomore full-length, On The Impossible Past, but their small room appearances have been mostly limited to one-off dates and strings of shows on journeys home. This June, however, will see a club headlining tour with thorough coverage of the Midwest and the I-95 corridor with companions Fake Problems, Restorations, and Captain, We’re Sinking in tow. Despite the year and a half that’s lapsed since OTIP came out, excitement abounds for this tour and dates are already selling out well in advance. The Menzingers host a punk rock show as they were meant to exist: with just the right balance of strong musical prowess and sloppy, energetic fun, their shows bring out the fiercest singalongs in people, fueled by both emotional strife and drunken debauchery.