Captain Kaiser

The Drover's Inn

Written by: PP on 21/07/2021 22:49:48

Captain Kaiser is a gravelly punk rock band from Belgium, whose sophomore album "The Drovers Inn" has all the hallmarks of a badass FEST-style punk rock release. Anthemic sing-alongs, unpolished vocals, loads of energy, and an overall production that leaves the expression rough-around the edges all contribute to a beer-fueled, sweaty sing-along fest that's best experienced in a tiny basement with other like-minded fellows.

It's the kind of record that captures genre fans on first listen through its melodic drive. It's drenched in passion and emotional charge, carries itself in an unassuming, no-frills fashion, and throws ridiculously catchy sing-alongs your way every second song or so. "Moscow Mule" - a song strictly about drinking booze - is instantly memorable right away, drawing parallels to bands like The Holy Mess and Typesetter, whilst the high-tempo onslaught of gravelly howls and catchy riffs of "Hotel Room" is enough to convince any fan of older Red City Radio material to sing along. Not to even mention "Hindsight", where the infectious hollers of "Hindsight is 20/20 you said / You think that it's over / You think that it's dead / You said it before and now it is gone / That's okay, I should move on" will take you right down the memory lane where you'll find for example a record like "The Dangers Of Standing Still".

Elsewhere, the band opts for The Menzingers style emotive sing-alongs (see: "Post Gig Depression"), which means we're traversing between Midwestern punk favorites and the more recent melancholic and emotive punk trend for the most part. What you'll get is 27 minutes worth of two-to-three minute bangers, albeit with a few duds like "Afraid" that feel way more anonymous in comparison. If you're into unpolished, raw-but-melodic godhood delivered in high tempo, "The Drovers Inn"'s got you covered despite its few inconsistencies and less-than-perfect production value.

Download: Moscow Mule, Hotel Room, Post Gig Depression, Hindsight
For the fans of: Red City Radio, The Holy Mess, The Menzingers, Typesetter, Bathurst
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Release date 12.03.2021
White Russian Records / Bearded Punk Records

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