What are your names?
Odhran, Padraic, Jonny, Delaney.
What is the band’s name?
How did you come up with the band’s name?
We really struggled to pick a name, we were stood in our first practice room (a cobwebbed shed) and were pointing at every object we could see. The windows, the shelves, the doors… About that time we noticed the car that’s been collecting dust in the corner of the shed since before we started the band was right there, a Ford Capri.
What is your genre of music?
A bit of alt-rock, a bit of indie.
Give us a little bio about you.
Originally starting out as a 3-piece band, Odhran (lead vocals) Jonny (Bass) and Padraic (Lead Guitar) all met in school and became good friends before becoming ‘The Capris’. A life-changing drunken conversation on the balcony of an AirBnB in the Croatian mountains is all it took for us to finally go for it and form a band in August 2018. Playing cover songs at local pubs and clubs was how we spent our first few years, but the goal was always to create our own music. After the release of our first two singles, we decided that it was time to expand the band by adding a drummer. Delaney O’Neill (Drums) made his debut with The Capris in May 2022 and has been a permanent fixture ever since. In July 2023, we made their music festival debut, playing on the same bill as some big names such as Scouting For Girls and Sam Ryder.
What made you go into music?
We’ve just always been drawn to music and being in a band, it’s all we want to do.
Who are your influences?
In terms of groups that have influenced our band, it’s probably more stadium bands like Oasis, Coldplay, Kings of Leon. Their shows are massive and their tunes are great but we are also heavily influenced by smaller bands like Inhaler and The Academic.
Are you a signed?
You released your new single ‘Melancholy Blues’, tell us more about the single and the meaning behind the song.
The song has its own meaning to each of us, we want people to find the song and see their own experiences in it. But to give an actual answer, it’s about losing people.
Describe the track in two words.
What was the writing and recording process like?
The song had a few different iterations, we worked on it by playing it at our live shows and ended up with the version you hear today. Padraic brought the lyrics to practice, and we jammed until the chords came to us. By the time we got to the studio, we already knew every twist and turn and how it should go.
Who did you work with on the single?
The song was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Michael Bell at Start Together Studios. He’s super talented, it was a joy working with him. He’s got great taste so it was nice to bounce ideas off each other and figure out what worked for Melancholy Blues.
Will we see a music video for ‘Melancholy Blues’, and if so, what can we expect from the creative process?
Right now? No. We’re focused on our next releases. But who knows, we’ve shot a music video before for ‘My Best Nights’ so we could potentially shoot one for ‘Melancholy Bles’
Will we see an EP or album and if so what can we expect from the creative process?
It’s something we definitely plan to do in the future – probably next year! But it will be completely separate from ‘Melancholy Blues’.
Do you have any live shows coming up?
Our next show is in Belfast, a local charity is hosting a day filled with music/dance acts from all genres. We’ll be playing a half hour set. It’s at 17 park rd Belfast on 9th Dec. We start at 5:30pm. We have some smaller bar gigs too.
Let us know where we can get tickets if so.
Its free entry!
What else can we expect in late 2023?
As for the rest of the year, we’ll be working behind the scenes on new music, planning a HUGE 2024 for The Capris – Watch this space.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
On a tour bus, somewhere in Europe hopefully.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Keep it simple.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
1. Guitar stands
2. Enjoy it
3. GUITAR STANDS
4. Play every song like you mean it
5. F****** GUITAR STANDSSSS