Captives of the Void (Hypnos)

Crank this to 8.5 of 11

Released: 2017

Genre: Progressive Rock, Stoner Rock

Sounds Like: Karma To Burn, Joe Satriani, Atomic Bitchwax

The latest album from the UK duo Captives of the Void really takes us on an instrumental journey through various form of rock and metal. Hypnos, the bands second release has this unique blend of progressive rock fused with a slight stoner blues, making for one hell of an entertaining album. The production is crisp, clean and sounds mighty when cranked at high volumes. Join us as we dive deeper into world of Hypnoswith our Q&A interview.

Q&A with Captives of the Void:

Who are the band members?

Max Storr - Bass Guitar

Jack Larkin- Guitar and production

R11: Who produced the album or is it self-produced?

Jack: The album was self-produced on a budget of almost nothing. I’ve been into the production side of things since before the first album. I’d love to do some production work for other bands in the stoner rock community at some point too, I could see that being a lot of fun.

R11: We don’t have a clear-cut favorite track onHypnos, it has a bit more mature sound than your previous work. Have you guys been playing together very long?

Max: I started playing with jack in our first band about 15 years ago, we'd just jam blues mainly, back when we didn't have jobs so we could play every day for hours. At first i'd play simple bass lines to hold a rhythm and jack would play these amazing solos. We'd do this for months at a time. It taught me how to jam and built a solid musical partnership that has stayed ever since.

As time went on, our tastes got heavier and more varied so by the time we started captives years later we both had a unique playing style.

Jack: Yeah, as Max said we really grew as musicians together right from the start. After 15 years theres a sort of unspoken communication when we jam where we both know where we should be going next, and that spills over into writing album tracks, we barely disagree when writing.

R11: The track “Joined in Orbit” is a pleasant turn of events; we love the addition of the saxophone by Tilley Riddle. Can you tell us more about this collaboration?

Max: It was a nice chain of events for this one, a radio station called banks radio in Australia played one of our songs from the first album, which caught the ear of a guy called Paul in New Zealand. He messaged the band to say how much he liked our stuff and was really supportive. He posted on his page one day something about working with a saxophonist who he had sent tracks to and they sent them back with amazing sax on. That was Tilly , so i asked for some details as i’ve always loved Sax on psychedelic tracks. At the time i was listening to a lot of Black Bombaim. We sent a rough track over and she sent it back within a couple of days and it sounded amazing, after hearing it we decided the sax should be at the forefront so the bass and guitar took a backseat for it. We’re really happy with how it all worked.

Jack: When I got the sax track from Max and threw it into the project I was blown away. I reworked the whole track with the guitar and modular taking a back seat. The sax became the defining element, fully deservingly!

R11: What bands have you been touring with and who would you love to play a show with?