A known favorite of Team Love founder and Bright Eyes’ frontman Conor Oberst, Capgun Coup proves a disjointed affair. Their disparate sounds end up being the best and worst of Brought to You by Nebraskafish, an album with flashes of brilliance followed by frustrating stumbles.
The lack of discernible styles and influences lends credibility to what could get passed off as cacophonous dribble. Instead, a closer look reveals these four Omahites’ unsullied music experiences have given them a chance at legitimate experimentation with unconventional lo-fi. “Oh, My Mod” and “Embalmed Tasting Lip Balm” are folk accidents while “Fucked” and “Bobby Chop and the Do-Gooders” contain unintentional swagger from the country and pop worlds. But unbridled youth also equates to inexperience in “Huck Finn,” a bastardized punk cabaret, and “Social Security Number,” a sonic falter. Both missteps remind us of the virtues in experience.
Still finding the appropriate footing, Capgun Coup’s stock in trade lies in its anomalous approach to all things musical. (Jonathan Stumpf)
Capgun Coup plays with 1090 Club, Danny’s Dilemma and The Good Neighbor Policy at the Badlander Thursday, March 6, at 9 PM. $3.