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Captives - 'Return To Mars'

by Thomas Bedward April 04, 2022

Captives - 'Return To Mars'

Grabbing you from the opening vocals of ‘Rat Detective’ and refusing to let you go until the final singalong chorus of ‘Return To Mars’, Melbourne punk-rock fivepiece Captives thrill on their sophomore album. 

Lyrically on ‘Return To Mars’, the band lean into various themes about power, relationships, greed, living through the boredom of a pandemic in Melbourne, all the while showcasing why they are festival favourites with classic pounding drums and electrifying guitar riffs.

‘Return To Mars’ features the dark and melodic ‘Buried & Bones’, furiously energetic 'Villain’, anthemic track ‘Gold’ and their new rock anthem ‘Miles Away’. ‘Return To Mars’ came to life at The Alamo Studio in Melbourne. It was produced and mixed by Tyson Fish (Vance Joy, Mammal, Children Collide) and mastered by Forrester Savell (Karnivool, Cog, Shihad). The last two years were difficult for all and sundry with the music industry being hit hard due to the pandemic with events being postponed or cancelled, but Captives took theopportunity to write new songs.

Vocalist Aaron Damon explained, “Return to Mars’ was a very strange experience for us. One minute we were touring all different parts of the world in all these really cool places and the next we were confined to our lounge rooms for what felt like the best part of two years. In one way it was a great time to slow things down and really work on something a little different in our song writing because we had all the time in the world to do it.”

“For me personally it was about digging a little deeper and trying to find not only the words, but the courage to deliver and share those words with people, which I think is what truly makes a song great and something that people can really connect with, and until now I don’t think we ever really had much of that. At the same time we wanted to leave some of those hard hitting Captives elements which the band is renowned for. The album is a real mix of the old and new, but we had a lot of fun in the studio making the album and we want to say a big thanks to everyone involved in the process and to the fans for sticking by us. We hope you enjoy the record and can’t wait to bring it to a town near you.”

Captives have been building up a formidable presence for themselves across the release of two EPs and a full length album that have accumulated some serious playlist momentum and tour supports for bands such as: The Damned, Pulled Apart By Horses, Cog, Shihad, The Mark of Cain and The Hard Ons.

With their songs designed to be sung by festival crowds, Captives will be touring the east coast of Australia including Adelaide in April and May with fans getting the opportunity to hear the new material live and up close. The band have also just been announced on the bill with hard rock legends: Grinspoon, The Butterfly Effect, British India, Bodyjar for the Wallapalooza Festival, Gold Coast on May 7th.

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