Capulus. Poole Lighthouse 4.9.19
Wednesday night in Poole. My 51st gig of 2019. 133 performances by 123 different bands this year. Still there are surprises; exciting surprises.
After a four hour round trip to Bristol on Tuesday it was a relief to be able to walk to tonight’s gig in the studio at Poole Lighthouse arts centre.
Over the years being able to walk to a anything other than a pub gig has been an extreme rarity. The Lighthouse’s main auditorium is a biggy and not many broadly rock pop bands play there – Simple Minds and Marc Almond were a notable and enjoyable exceptions that I went to in recent years. The smaller theatre, with its steep bank of seating, which is home to comedy, ballet and plays can handle a smaller crowd – I was there for Glenn Tilbrook earlier this year.
The Sherling Studio, tonight’s venue, holds around a hundred people, seated around two sides in five or so rows of terraced seating – about 70 in tonight for this new acts taster. A monthly event put on by local musician and record producer Matt Black, which brings an opportunity for local bands and performers to play in a well organised setting with good sound and lighting. £9.50 a ticket. We shall try this again…with partner (SSo) tonight.
We bought tickets when we bumped into local singer songwriter Rujiero playing an open mic gig in Bournemouth but when we rocked up tonight he was there with his arm in a sling and out injured. Shame. We will catch up with his full band show soon.
Tonight, first up was solo singer songwriter Charlie Cole, followed by the full sound of Inner City Smugglers. All good entertainment but next were Capulus.
Four piece, loud, young, confident, matching trainers and band logo backed hoodies and full of energy. From Kingsbridge, Devon I read later. Gripping immediately and animated. The bassist off was straight off playing up around the studio seating – no low key mid-week approach here. This was great. Elements of Muse sound I thought – a bit of Foo Fighters – a slow down with a bit of Pink Floyd – mostly own rocky material and to finish ‘The Greatest Song in the World’, the Tenacious D epic. What a surprise treat on the this Wednesday ‘school night’. I’ll be looking for them playing again soon. Standing ovation. Wow. Well done lads.