Captured Tracks reissues the debut (and only) album from NYC's Capital Punishment. Entitled Roadkill it was first released in 1982 and was described by Rolling Stone as, "a mix of industrial art-collage, synth-tweaked post-punk and teenage kicks".
Formed in 1979 and influenced by Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, Eno, Chrome and all sorts of proto-industrial music, Capital Punishment went to the lengths of recording an album while in high school without a label or distribution and actually pressed a couple hundred copies. Now those records sell for hundreds of dollars on the collector’s market, which perhaps isn’t unusual for such a rare record.
But the story gets better. For a band of high school weirdos who actually got their shit together enough to make a completely uncommercial album with no means to sell it and still “release” it shows a lot of determination, persistence and perhaps insanity. But it’s always those kinds of weirdos who go on to do great things – just ask Judge Peter Swann, Professor Peter Zusi, Kriss Roebling and Ben Stiller.
Check out the album HERE.